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Technical AssistanceConsult the following guidelines, building codes, and enforceable standards when planning, constructing, or redeveloping outdoor recreational facilities. The following information is provided as a service from RCO and may not be a complete list, nor is it an intended to be an exclusive list of applicable provisions. It remains the responsibility of RCO grant recipients to follow all applicable federal, state, or local codes, standards, regulations, guidelines, or provisions that maximize access for people with disabilities.
- The current, applicable state building code is the 2012 International Building Code as amended, along with the 2009 American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A117.1, as referenced in the International Building Code, Chapter 11, as amended. The International Building Code is updated every three years and the state adopts the new version a year later. However, amendments may happen each year. See Washington Administrative Code 51-50-1101.
- The 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design are one of the federal standards to follow. These design standards apply to almost all grants awarded by RCO for alterations or new construction projects. Visit the Access Board’s Web site for more details.
- On September 26, 2013 the U.S. Access Board issued new accessibility guidelines for outdoor areas developed by the federal government. The final rule applies to the following federal agencies and their components that administer outdoor areas developed for recreational purposes:
- Department of Agriculture (Forest Service)
- Department of Defense (Army Corps of Engineers)
- Department of the Interior (Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service).
- The adopted building code as amended, in Washington still exceeds the new 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design in a few areas. For example, the minimum route of travel width outdoors is only 36 inches in federal standards and 32 inches clear width for doors and gates, but in Washington State code the minimum outdoor route of travel “clear” width is 44 inches.
- The 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design and the Access Board’s Final Rule for Outdoor Developed Areas for federal agencies are the most current information available. It is your responsibility to research and use the newest available building access codes and standards. If an access conflict arises among any standard, guideline, model code, or best practice, refer to the one providing the most access for people with disabilities. When applicable, accessibility still is required if no model code or standard exists, unless there are specific exceptions.
- The Department of Justice and the Federal Access Board publishes technical assistance manuals and bulletins from time to time and they too may be consulted for the most current information or help. Here is the newest technical assistance manual about pools.
The final rule also applies to non-federal entities that construct or alter recreation facilities on federal land on behalf of the federal agencies pursuant to a concession contract, partnership agreement, or similar arrangement. RCO policy supports using the most current accessibility building codes, Access Board Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines, final rules, final reports, technical bulletins, and best practices for providing accessibility. Therefore, these federal guidelines will apply to all RCO funded projects and must be used when the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design do not apply or provide scoping or technical coverage for an outdoor developed area.
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