ADA-Statement of Intent
Fauquier County Parks & Recreation Department is committed to giving all citizens equal access to recreation and leisure opportunities. In keeping with that commitment and the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is the Department’s intent to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities in all Department programs, services, and facilities. Requests for accommodations require a 72 hours’ notice.
The ADA has many requirements, but three are of the utmost importance to the Department.
- All existing sites and facilities must be evaluated for accessibility to people with disabilities. The evaluation includes the obvious, such as the slope of accessible parking spaces, size of accessible restrooms, and door levers instead of door knobs. It also includes subtle measures, such as the pounds of force to open a door, the type of surface used in a playground, and whether lockers at a pool or fitness center are designated as accessible.
- New development, or alterations, must comply with the recently issued 2010 Standards for Accessible Design, which for the first time in history addresses parks and recreation environments. Playgrounds, pools, fishing areas, boating areas, sports fields, sports courts, and fitness facilities are addressed here.
- Department programs are open to participation by people with disabilities alongside people without disabilities. This inclusion mandate has changed the way Virginia parks and recreation agencies do business.