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What ADA Signs Are Required for Recreation Facilities in Los Angeles?

Posted by Julie Ramirez on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 @ 07:11 AM

ADA Sign Requirements for Amusement Parks in LAWith the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it became illegal to discriminate against those individuals with disabilities. The ADA requires altered or newly constructed local or state government facilities, places of public accommodation, and commercial facilities to be usable by and readily accessible to people with disabilities. Part of these requirements is having the right ADA signs for recreation facilities.

ADA Signage Requirements for Recreational Facilities

Los Angeles facilities and buildings must comply with the ADA Accessibility Guidelines. This includes amusement park rides and other recreational facilities. The following elements and facilities are covered by the recreation facility guidelines:

  • Shooting facilities
  • Exercise equipment
  • Miniature golf courses
  • Boating facilities
  • ADA Signage Requirements for recreation facilitiesWading pools, spas, and swimming pools
  • Bowling lanes
  • Golf courses
  • Fishing platforms and piers
  • Amusement rides

ADA Signs for Amusement Rides

There are specific signage requirements for various types of recreational facilities. To indicate the kind of access provided by rides, signage must be provided at the entrance of the waiting line or queue for each accessible amusement ride. For example, you may have a sign that indicates there are transfer rides or that the ride has wheelchair spaces.

In addition, so that riders can avoid unnecessary backtracking, there must be signage indicating the location of the accessible load area if the route for accessible load areas are different for people with disabilities than that for other riders.

The above also holds true for other recreational facilities. All of the accessible routes for those people with disabilities must be clearly marked so as to avoid any backtracking.

California ADA Compliance Signs

ADA Signs for Amusement Parks and PoolsIn addition to the above requirements, the signs must be made a certain way to ensure that everyone can read them. Some of the laws for signage include:

  • Signs must have a non-glare finish
  • Mounting location and height is specific to the kind of sign
  • Typestyle must have contrasting colors, like light characters on a dark background or vice versa, and the font must be sans serif
  • Text may need to be accompanied by symbols
  • The viewing distance from which a sign will be read must be taken into consideration when determining the height of the characters on the sign

These are not the only requirements. Many sign types also require the addition of Braille, the raised dots that accompany the text of a sign. Room signs, restrooms, stairways, exits, handicap access points, exit routes, and other permanent sings are required to have Braille in any recreational facilities that are open to the public.

We Can Help You!

The Sign Studio specializes in ADA signs for amusement parks. Los Angeles businesses can pick from our full line of standard signs, or we can create something custom to match your company’s branding. We even have you covered if you are confused about what signs you need to be compliant. We can send a trained professional, who is certified by California’s Certified Access Specialist Program, to your building to determine what is needed.

If you are ready to make your recreation facility inviting for disabled people, give us a call today for a free consultation!


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