This table highlights the sections of the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards discussed in the play areas guide.

 

   ADA Standards* ABA Standards 
Definitions  106.5 F106.5 
Addition  106.5 F106.5
Alteration 106.5 F106.5
Cross Slope 106.5 F106.5
Curb Ramp 106.5 F106.5
Elevated Play Component 106.5 F106.5
Facility 106.5 F106.5
Ground Level Play Component 106.5 F106.5
Play Area 106.5 F106.5
Play Component 106.5 F106.5
Ramp 106.5 F106.5
Running Slope 106.5 F106.5
Soft Contained Play Structure 106.5 F106.5
Use Zone (see also referenced standards below) 106.5 F106.5
     
Play Areas (where provided) 240 F240
Additions 202.2 & 240.1.1 F202.2 & F240.1.1
Elevated Play Components 240.2.2 F240.2.2
Ground Level Play Components 240.2.1 F240.2.1
Additional Number and Types of Ground Level 240.2.1.2 F240.2.1.2
Minimum Number and Types of Ground Level 240.2.1.1 F240.2.1.1
     
Exceptions 240.1 F240.1
EX 1 - family child care facilities 240.1 EX 1  F240.1 EX 1
EX 2 - existing play areas 240.1 EX 2 F240.1 EX 2
EX 3 - amusement attractions 240.1 EX 3 F240.1 EX 3
EX 4 - alterations  240.1 EX 4   F240.1 EX 4
     
Accessible Routes (where required) 206 F206
Play Areas (specific provision) 206.2.17 F206.2.17
Soft Contained Play Structures (specific provision) 206.2.17.2 F206.2.17.2


Transfer System for Play Areas (exceptions)

1008.2.1 EXs 1008.2.1 EXs
Transfer System for Soft Contained (exception) 1008.2.2 EX 1008.2.2 EX
     
Platform Lift (new construction use) 206.7.8 F206.7.8
     
Accessible Routes Components (typically used)    
Curb Ramps 406 406
Doors and Gates 404 404
Ramps 405 405
Ramps (slope exception) 1002.2 EX 1 1002.2 EX 1
Walking Surfaces with Running Slopes of 5% or less 403 403
     
Modifications to Accessible Routes 1008.2 1008.2
Clear Width Modifications 1008.2.4 1008.2.4
Ground Surfaces Modifications (see referenced stands.) 1008.2.6 1008.2.6
Ramp Modifications 1008.2.5 1008.2.5
     
Elevated Components to Elev. Components (exception) 1008.2.1 EX2 1008.2.1 EX2
Transfer Systems 1008.3 1008.3
Water Play Components (exceptions) 1008.2.3 EXs 1008.2.3 EXs
     
Technical Requirements for Accessible Play Components 1008.4 1008.4
Clear Floor or Ground Space 1008.4.2 1008.4.2
Entry Points and Seats 1008.4.4 1008.4.4
Play Tables 1008.4.3 1008.4.3
Transfer Supports 1008.4.5 1008.4.5
Turning Space 1008.4.1 1008.4.1
     
Other Typical Scoping Requirements at Play Areas    
Parking 208 F208
Signage 216 F216
Toilet and Bathing 213 F213
     

Other Exceptions

   
Protruding Objects 204.1 EX 2 F204.1 EX 2
     
Reference Standards 105.2.3 F105.2.3
ASTM F 1292-99 Standard Specification for Impact Attenuation of Surface Systems Under and Around Playground Equipment (see 1008.2.6.2).
ASTM F 1292-04 Standard Specification for Impact Attenuation of Surfacing Materials Within the Use Zone of Playground Equipment (see 1008.2.6.2).
ASTM F 1487-01 Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use (see 106.5 or F106.5 for “Use Zone”, and 1008.2.6.2).
ASTM F 1951-99 Standard Specification for Determination of Accessibility of Surface Systems Under and Around Playground Equipment (see 1008.2.6.1).

* The guide uses the term ADAAG (Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines) as the basis of the requirements discussed.  The recreational provisions of these guidelines were adopted into the 2010 ADA Standards without changes, so the ADAAG section numbers correspond to the same section numbers in the ADA Standards (as well as the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards).