Standards for the Accessible Design of Outdoor Play & Recreation Destinations - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Standards for the Accessible Design of Outdoor Play & Recreation Destinations - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Includes a Live Web Event on 06/26/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

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Ensuring inclusion, regardless of age or ability, to independently participate in a wide range of recreation facilities is the goal of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. Adopted by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the standards establish minimum accessibility requirements for all new construction or alterations of existing recreational facilities after March 15, 2012. The standards apply to state and local government facilities covered by Title II and places of public accommodation covered by Title III. This session will go beyond the minimum requirements of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design for recreation facilities including considerations for surfacing, site amenities, site arrival points, outdoor inclusive fitness equipment, play areas, and much more. Attendees will develop a better understanding of the features that make a park or play area inclusive for everyone. The session will provide tools and resources to help evaluate the level of compliance of existing recreation facilities.

Learning objectives:

  • Outline at least two minimum standards for accessible play areas required under the 2010 ADA Standards. 
  • List at least three key considerations to create accessible routes to and within play and recreation destinations.
  • Evaluate a variety of park amenities and identify barriers that may restrict people with disabilities from being able to fully participate in the provided recreational opportunities.
  • Identify helpful resources to obtain additional information or to utilize when evaluating new and existing play and recreation environments.

Hosted by ASLA's Children's Outdoor Environments Professional Practice Network (PPN)

Photo: Tattan Park in Westland, MI / courtesy of PlayCore

Bill Botten

Accessibility Specialist


Bill Botten, an Exercise Physiology graduate from the University of Kansas, joined the U.S. Access Board in May of 2000 where he served for 22 years in several capacities including Technical Assistance and Training Coordinator as well as a Senior Accessibility Specialist. Bill specializes in accessibility issues related to recreation facilities and outdoor developed areas including boating and fishing facilities, trails, picnic and camping facilities, sports facilities, swimming pools, and play areas. His training experience includes hundreds of presentations over the last 30 years to local, state, and national audiences on injury prevention, disability awareness and sensitivity, and accessibility guidelines and standards.

He was part of a team that developed the combined minimum guidelines for the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Architectural Barriers Act and currently serves on several ASTM and RESNA committees for inclusive fitness equipment and play area surfaces.

Jennie Sumrell, M. Ed. (Moderator)

Community Outreach Director


Jennie worked in the field of childhood development and exceptional learning for nearly fifteen years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Exceptional Learning from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, a master’s certificate in Adaptive & Assistive Technology from the University of Miami, and a Master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Jennie has presented as a guest lecturer at universities and has presented at over 200 regional, state, national, and international conferences and play symposiums on a variety of topics surrounding inclusion, the developmental benefits of play, and aligning evidence-based research to creating high quality outdoor play and learning environments. 

Jennie joined PlayCore in 2008, and serves as the Community Outreach Director within PlayCore’s Center for Outreach, Research and Education to support research with our scholar network, create best practice programs to support play and recreation initiatives, provide continuing education through a variety of professional development events, and assist communities in advocating for environments which support the diverse needs of society. Deeply passionate about inclusive, multigenerational play, Jennie utilizes her expertise and personal experiences as a teacher to positively impact the development of innovative play and recreation destinations that focus on community health and wellness.


06/26/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  60 minutes
06/26/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  60 minutes
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  8/10 points to pass
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  8/10 points to pass Successful completion of this quiz is required to earn your PDH for this webinar.
8 Questions
1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available