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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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Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Sun, Sep 5, 2010 @ 22:09 PM

Whether it is illuminated channel letters, neon signs, a lighted sign cabinet, an LED message center, a pole sign, a
pylon sign, or a monument sign that lights, an outdoor custom electric sign on the front of your business is the least
costly means of advertising available to you over time.

It is the most targeted advertising you can do according to the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which also
states that 85% of a businesses sales usually come from within a 5 mile radius. Your sign constantly advertises your
business to a potential customer who frequents the area where your business is located.

If a sign costs you money it is not doing its job. It should effectively advertise your company and earn you money.
Good signs incorporate design and marketing decisions creating the message, look, colors, sign types, sizes, quantities, etc. to create the required impact.

As an example, how important would a free-standing pylon sign be to your business? McDonald’s says that on average simply changing a monument sign in front of one of their stores to a pylon sign increases their store’s
business 15%. A Whataburger that was unhappy with their new store’s volume removed their brand-new pylon sign and installed one 40% larger and taller. The store’s volume immediately increased 23%.

Again quoting Small Business Administration research, 89% of businesses that fail do so because of improper signage!

Stated differently, good signage gives a business an almost 90% probability of success.

The SBA says that an LED Message Center increases store volume 15 - 150%.

Purchasing the right signs for the job helps a business survive by bringing higher returns.

We can help, so long as your landlord and the City understand the importance of good signage and allow you to
install signs that will help your business. Unfortunately this isn't always true. Choose your location(s) wisely (and
receive your landlord's approval of your signage package BEFORE you sign your lease.)

And remember the axiom “Location, Location, Location!” The supreme importance of “location” is the numbers of
potential customers that will see your sign...and be able to read and understand it. Very important design and
marketing considerations.

Surprisingly 30% of traffic on almost all business streets occurs when it is dark; people see your sign only if it is
lighted when it is dark out, including on dark days when everyone else's sign is lighted.

With 18.6% of the entire US population moving each year, your sign will be constantly seen by MANY potentially new customers.

Your sign forms that very important “first impression” your potential customer has of your business. Your sign must always look nearly as good as it looked the day it was installed so that you don’t give potential customers a worsening
impression of your business as your sign ages.

Later you will discover how we make each sign to last; including the use of rust-proof metal, high-end automotive paint, high-impact plastics, and most importantly, sophisticated Protective Coatings. .)

If you have any questions or need any help with your signage needs, please contact us at or (818) 843-9200. 


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Los Angeles Signs | Guide to Using Outdoor Signs

Posted by Julie and Chris Ramirez on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 @ 00:08 AM

Guide to Using Outdoor Signs

There are a variety of outdoor signs you can use to promote your business. Depending on your budget, some options are more feasible than others. The type of business you're in will also impact your choice. You'll need to familiarize yourself with the different problems that may arise when it comes to advertising your specific business.

You may own a service business that is hard to advertise because you don't have a storefront. Perhaps your business gets lots of drive-by traffic at night and you'd like to tap into that. Or maybe your target market is hard to reach because you sell luxury goods or an unsought product or service. There are business signs that can help with all of these situations:

1. Use yard signs to advertise your service business. This type of outdoor signage is placed in the yards of customers around town.

2. Consider using outdoor signs to help potential customers notice your building. By putting up a lighted sign, people will notice you at night and in bad weather.

3. Reach specific target markets en masse by using large commercial outdoor signs. Billboards and similar types of signs yield high visibility.

Action Steps

The best contacts and resources to help you get it done.  Contact The Sign Studio for a Quote or give The Sign Studio  (818) 843-9200 a call and we will send our Consultant out to meet with you or come to our Studio Showroom for samples located at 831 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505.

Use customized outdoor signs to spread your name around town

Yard signs work best for folks with service businesses. Roofers, landscapers, lawn services, real estate agents and construction contractors can all benefit from the use of yard signs. Whenever you've done a job you're proud of, ask the customer if you can stick a small sign in his yard for a short period of time. This will draw the attention of neighbors and visitors, thus, increasing the possibility that you'll get some new clients. If you buy these signs in bulk, you may qualify for a quantity discount. Note that the outdoor sign holders usually come separately from the signs themselves.

Brighten your business with an outdoor lighted sign

While your business may not be open at night, late-night passersby will take notice of signs that are lit during these hours. Also, inclement weather may make your sign less visible at times, especially during heavy rain or fog. Use these signs to draw attention to your business and set it apart from the others. Lighted signs can be in the form of expensive LED signage or a more basic backlit sign mounted to the facade of your building.

Appeal to the masses with large-format outdoor advertising signs

Billboards are likely strategically placed around your city and its nearby highways. You can actually reach your target audience en masse this way. Find some billboards in areas of your town that are highly trafficked by members of your target market. For example, if you specialize in high-end dermatology services, putting your ad on a billboard near a country club might be effective. On the other hand, if you're a bail bondsman, taking out a billboard located in a high-crime area or near the county jail may get you some new customers.

Tips & Tactics

Helpful advice for making the most of this Guide

•  If you plan on staying in one business location for years, consider installing an architectural outdoor sign. These are usually made from stone, brick or concrete and have a more professional look to them as opposed to neon lights or brightly colored channel letters. You can mount these signs to your building, but they also come in freestanding styles.


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