Playgrounds Must be Accessible and Safe: A Review for Wisconsin

Does your agency have playgrounds? Does your agency use engineered wood fiber for playgrounds? If you answered yes to those questions, you’ll want to know what the US Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a June, 2020 settlement agreement with an agency when DOJ found that every single playground, including new playgrounds, failed the playground access requirements. Our speakers will review the federal regulatory playground requirements in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and discuss how these interface with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) voluntary playground safety standard. The speakers will review ADA enforcement and the critical role played by families of children with disabilities in this and other disputes. Finally, the speakers will spend time describing maintenance smart practices that can keep your agency off of the news feed and the front page.

John McGovern leads the Accessibility Practice at The WT Group, LLC, helping entities comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). His career parks and recreation experience, his law degree, and his service to more than 400 cities, counties, and special districts give him a unique perspective on ADA compliance. He is the only person in the US to have served on all three federal advisory committees that developed the accessibility standards for recreation and park assets.

Tony Malkusak leads Abundant Playscapes, a playground and landscape architecture firm in Iowa City. An accomplished designer and trainer, he is a CPSI Instructor and knows the good, the bad, and the ugly of playground safety and access. His career experience in parks and recreation gives him a great understanding of the importance of playgrounds in a parks and recreation agency.

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