T. 5-26-92 DJ 202-PL-00098 JUN 1 1992 DIR WODATCH Mr. John LaRue Kompan-BigToys DATE P.O.

Box 529 Tiverton, Rhode Island 02878 Dear Mr. LaRue: DEPUTY BOWEN This is in response to your recent correspondence and telephone conversation with our office regarding playground DATE equipment. The ADA authorizes the Department of Justice to provide technical assistance to individuals and entities that are subject DEPUTY to the Act. This letter provides informal guidance to assist you MAGAGNA in understanding the ADA's requirements. However, this technical assistance does not constitute a legal interpretation of the DATE application of the ADA to playground equipment and it is not binding on the Department. Currently, the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility SPECIAL Guidelines (ADAAG) do not include specific standards for children COUNSEL or for the unique aspects of recreational facilities, such as BREEN playground equipment. The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, however, is in the process of DATE developing such standards. You may contact the Board for further information at 1-800-USA-ABLE. Other facilities located at playgrounds, however, such as JOHANSEN walkways and restrooms, must comply with ADAAG. DATE If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. GYB DATE Sincerely, John L. Wodatch Director Office on the Americans With Disabilities Act

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September 25, 1991

KOMPAN KOMPAN, INC. RD #2, Box 249 Marathon, NY 13803 Tel: (607) 849-4111 Tel: (800) 553-2446 Fax: (607) 849-6686

Mr. John Wodatch Office of Americans with Disabilities Act P.O. Box 66118 Washington, DC 20035-6118 Dear Mr. Wodatch, This is a follow up letter regarding a telephone conversation I had today with Mr. Jeff Floriam at the ADA office. I contacted the office to inquire the legalities regarding the ADA and the playground industry. I am a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and hold a Masters Degree in Therapeutic Recreation. I work for Kompan Inc. and BigToys which are leading playground manufacturers. We have been involved in wheelchair accessible/barrier free playgrounds for several years and are quite interested in the implications that the ADA requirements may hold for our industry. I am looking for better direction on what the implications are. Should playgrounds be: 1) 2) 3) 4) Accessible just to the playground? Accessible to the playground and around all of the equipment? Accessible to the playground, around all of the equipment and on the equipment via ramps? A certain percentage accessible?

These are questions I cannot get answered through the ADA, ATBCB, UFAS or MGRAD. I would like to be notified of someone in your office that holds these interest that would like to develop a line of communication. I look forward to a response as we make this world accessible for all. Sincerely, John LaRue Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist JL/ka THE PLAYGROUND COMPANY 01-00839