New York City Parks Department Agrees To Improve
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
December 30, 2005
NEW YORK, NEW YORK--New York City's Department of Parks & Recreation has agreed to make accessibility improvements to its properties in order to better comply with federal anti-discrimination laws.
An audit released Wednesday by the State Comptroller showed that, while many sites operated by the department are more accessible to people with disabilities today than just a few years ago, some are still not accessible -- even after renovations. The review of a sample of 50 sites also found that all lacked adequate signage to let people know where accessible features and entrances were located, and where to avoid potential dangers such as steps and steep slopes.
The auditors also found that 29 of the sites had no specific plans to address accessibility requirements under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.
According to the North Country Gazette, the parks department agreed with all of the audit's recommendations, and said that it would take steps to implement them.
The department is responsible for about 4,000 facilities, including playgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, swimming pools, zoos, recreation centers, beaches and parks.
"Audit: NYC Parks Not Handicapped Accessible" (North Country Gazette)