The Illinois Park and Recreational Facility Construction Act of 2009 may receive an update in 2015. House Bill 3457 passed both the House and Senate and has been sent to Governor Rauner for review. The text additions will give priority funding to playground projects that reduce physical barriers to handicapped individuals. This will serve as an incentive to further improve accessible opportunities in Illinois parks and recreation areas. Currently the federal Americans with Disability Act and the Illinois Accessibility Code provide requirements for minimum accommodations on public projects, but this will provide funding directed at meeting the laws and guidelines. As written, the preference is for addressing physical disabilities. The underlined text below are the words that may be added into state law.
Sec. 10-20. Priorities for projects. In considering applications for grants under this Act, the Department shall give priority to projects that will provide the greatest benefit to the residents of the State, based upon criteria established by the Department in rules promulgated pursuant to this Act which reflect the useful life of existing facilities and improvements, address public health and safety needs, correct accessibility deficiencies, and reflect outdoor recreation needs and priorities, including handicap-accessible playground equipment, such as ramped, ground-level play features, accessible swings, wheelchair accessible tables, adjustable equipment, universally accessible swings, and transfer platforms, identified through the Department’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) Program.
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