Pierce County Parks is committed to making parks, programming, and communications welcoming and accessible to all. Since the adoption of the ADA Transition Plan in December of 2017, Parks has worked steadily to address deficits during the course of regular park maintenance or during new construction, which must comply with the 2010 Standards of Accessible Design. In 2020, Parks will hire a consultant to develop a plan to ensure full compliance in all park facilities by 2027. The chosen consultant will also be responsible for engineering solutions where they are required, such as in existing parking lots or buildings.
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About the Project
Pierce County Parks and Recreation conducted access audits of the County’s park system to determine whether they meet ADA requirements. We also reviewed department policies regarding interaction with the public, and the ways in which Department staff provide modifications in programs for people with disabilities. This resulted in the completion of access audit reports for 17 park sites, and a Program and Policy Accessibility Audit Report. Together, these reports satisfies the “self-evaluation’” requirement of Title II of the ADA, section 35.105.
We used the findings of the site audits, public input, and the Department’s plans for future development to create an ADA Transition Plan for County park system facilities. This plan, adopted in December 2017, satisfies Title II of the ADA, section 35.150(d). A transition plan is a phased retrofit schedule for every access deficit identified in the access audit reports. Pierce County Parks and Recreation will use this plan to prioritize future projects to bring all programs of the County’s park system into compliance with the ADA.
Program Area Maps
ADA Grievance Process
Kimberly Freeman, Superintendent of Resource Stewardship (253)798-4009 | email