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Access Board Publishes Final Rule for Outdoor Developed Areas

September 26, 2013 / Source: U.S. Access Board

New Standards Apply to Federal Trails, Picnic Areas, Campgrounds

On September 26, the U.S. Access Board published its Final Rule on accessibility standards for outdoor developed areas including trails, picnic areas, campgrounds, scenic viewing areas and beaches. The new standards are part of the Architectural Barriers Act. The final rule applies to the following federal agencies and their components that administer outdoor areas developed for recreational purposes: Department of Agriculture (Forest Service); Department of Defense (Army Corps of Engineers); and Department of the Interior (Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service). The final rule also applies to non-federal entities that construct or alter recreation facilities on federal land on behalf of the federal agencies pursuant to a concession contract, partnership agreement, or similar arrangement. The new standards will become effective November 25, 2013.

For more information: Final Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas