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For Immediate Release: 5/15/2013
Public Invited to Comment on Plan to Improve Accessibility at Recreational Facilities and Parks

Montgomery County’s Commission on People with Disabilities and the County-Wide Recreation Advisory Board invite residents and community groups to attend a public meeting to help develop a multi-year plan to improve accessibility for people with disabilities at recreational and park facilities throughout the County. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Executive Office Building, Lobby Level Auditorium, 101 Monroe St., Rockville.

The U.S. Department of Justice issued revised Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations for state and local governments that went into effect in March 2012. Recreational facilities in Montgomery County affected by these regulations include swimming pools, recreation centers, whirlpools, saunas and exercise rooms operated by the Recreation Department, and parks, playgrounds, ball fields, campsites, picnic areas and other facilities operated by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC).

The public meeting will be facilitated by John McGovern, a nationally-recognized ADA expert specializing in recreational programs and facilities. Topics to be presented include an overview of the new accessibility standards and other requirements, an update on the accessibility improvements that have been completed to date by both agencies and information on opportunities for public involvement. The public will also be invited to provide input and ask questions. More details about the public meeting are available on the website which will be updated regularly with information on the multi-year plan.

American Sign Language interpreter services will be provided. The meeting room is equipped with an assistive listening system. Anyone needing other auxiliary aids and services to participate in this event should contact the County’s ADA Compliance Office at least three business days in advance of the meeting. Call 240-777-6197, or TTY 240-777-6196 or email adacompliance@montgomerycountymd.gov.

For more information about the public meeting or about ADA compliance issues, contact Nancy Greene in the County’s Department of General Services at nancy.greene@montgomerycountymd.gov, or 240-777-6197; or Bob Green, ADA Compliance Project Manager for M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks at bob.green@montgomeryparks.org, or 301-495-2571. Visit County calendar to sign up the event.

 

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Release ID: 13-148
Media Contact: Sue Tucker 240-777-6507

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