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ACCESSIBILITY / ADA COMPLIANCE

  • What PlayExplorers products are ADA certified?

    The ADA does not have an official certification program for playground equipment (like IPEMA has for the ASTM playground safety guidelines). However, for a piece of playground equipment to be found compliant and certified to ASTM F-1487 – “Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use” – it would also need to be compliant to the Department of Justice 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design as found in Section 10 of ASTM F-1487 that states, “Playgrounds shall comply with the DOJ Standard for Accessible Design where applicable.”

  • What does that mean?

    It means you can let out a big sigh of relief. Go head, we’ll wait. Because the products we offer on PlayExplorers carry IPEMA certification to ASTM F-1487, you can rest assured that you’re purchasing fun, safe and compliant products.

  • My facility is a private club. Do I need to comply with the ADA?

    If your facility is a members-only club — not open to the public through rental or leasing of space, open houses or tournaments — your club is not considered a public facility and is not subject to compliance.

  • My school is a private school. Do I need to comply with the ADA?

    If your school is an invitation-only school — not open to the public through rental or leasing of space, open houses or tournaments and sporting events — your school is not viewed as a public facility and is not subject to compliance. All other schools must comply with the ADA.

  • My Child Care business is located at my home where my family lives. Do I need to comply with the ADA?

    Play areas located in family childcare facilities where the proprietor actually resides are not required to comply.

  • Is the Free Standing Slide accessible? It doesn’t have ramps or a transfer point.

    With a few exceptions, the 2010 ADA Standards do not specify how the equipment must be designed — they focus on removal of barriers that prevent access to the playground and the playground equipment. The Free Standing Slide is an independent ground level piece of playground equipment. To make sure it’s accessible, you must provide an accessible route to the entry and exit point of the slide.