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City of Arvada Releases Draft ADA Transition Plan,  Opens Public Comment

The City of Arvada today launched “Access Arvada” a public feedback process to gather input from Arvada residents on the City’s draft ADA Transition Plan. The draft plan, also released today, focuses on Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination based on disability for state and local government services. The City is committed to providing accessible programs, services and facilities for people with disabilities. A public comment period for the ADA Transition Plan will run March 5 to March 26, 2021. 

 

A more accessible City helps all residents and visitors. For example:

  • Building safe and reliable infrastructure, like sidewalks, serves residents throughout their lives from young families to aging residents with reduced mobility.

  • Providing a website that works well for people with disabilities makes it easier for everyone to find information online.

  • Providing interpretation and translation services for people visiting City facilities and events improves our policies and programs by including more perspectives and experiences from our community.

The City of Arvada contracted Meeting the Challenge Inc. (MTC) to conduct an on-site review of compliance with the ADA at the City’s facilities, parks and recreation facilities, and Public Right-of-Way. The report includes an analysis of the data collected from 25 facilities, 112 City owned parks and recreation facilities, and nearly 800 miles of Public Right-of-Way identifying and describing barriers, applicable sections of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (ADA Standards), and priorities for barrier removal as recommended by the Department of Justice (DOJ). 

The draft ADA Transition Plan was developed to guide the removal of barriers to accessibility throughout the City. Recognizing that making changes will take resources, the findings were prioritized based on difficulty and cost to remove barriers and, for pedestrian facilities, on volume of pedestrian traffic. 

For City buildings, parks and golf facilities, prioritizing barrier removal to achieve program access is multi-layered. All findings of conditions which are not consistent with the technical provisions of the ADA Standards, were reviewed by the City to determine whether each finding could limit or prevent access to a service, program, or activity. From there, each finding was assigned a value related to the difficulty and the cost to remove barriers. 

The City’s Transition Plan for pedestrian facilities is prioritized assuming that specific facilities are more likely to generate higher volumes of pedestrian traffic. For example, the sidewalks in front of a school or The Arvada Center are more likely to see high volumes of pedestrian traffic than the sidewalks in front of houses in a quiet residential neighborhood. 

Public comment is an essential step in developing the draft ADA Transition Plan. Arvada residents and community organizations have several options to review the draft ADA Transition Plan and provide feedback. The draft ADA Transition Plan and a survey are available on the City’s engagement platform SpeakUp.Arvada.org. The draft ADA Transition Plan and a PDF survey may also be accessed at arvada.org/access-arvada. Residents who would like to request the plan and survey in a different format should call 720-898-7367 or email the City at arvadaADA@arvada.org.