ADA Recreation

The state of Washington has long been a leader in providing accessible outdoor recreation. The accessible sites listed in this section of the site are managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington Department of Natural Resources, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, and the Olympic National Park. Local or privately managed recreation sites are not included in the listing (except in a few cases where state grant funds were used to develop a site).

These sites were constructed using current design practices, Access Board guidelines and final rules, or state building code standards and recommendations from involved people with disabilities. Levels of accessibility vary from site to site. Questions regarding specific sites should be addressed to the appropriate agency.

Minimum Access Standards
The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued minimum access standards in the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) that do not specifically include all types of recreational facilities found in this publication. The federal Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) is responsible for developing minimum accessibility guidelines under the ADA for new construction and renovation of facilities, which are the basis for access standards adopted by DOJ.

The access board issued minimum scoping and technical guidelines for construction of some recreational facilities. These serve as the basis for the access standards when published by DOJ as enforceable standards under the ADA. Agencies should refer to the Access Board issued guidelines for recreational facilities when constructing or renovating outdoor recreation facilities.