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Parks & Recreation Department launches access study - Citizen input a key feature of summer/fall project schedule

Post Date:06/08/2017 5:07 PM

Contact: Dan Willadsen, 962-2729

A detailed, summer-long examination of all City Parks & Recreation sites and programs will include opportunities for Loveland residents to contribute their ideas and suggestions for improving access to those facilities by all users.

The department-wide audit includes each park, publicly accessible open land area, trail system and City-operated recreation facility, such as the Chilson Recreation Center, and all department programming. The study will guide a team of City employees and their consultants as they work to make certain those places and programs comply with federally mandated access requirements.

The project kickoff will include Loveland residents, with an invitation for them to attend the regular monthly meeting of the Disability Advisory Commission to learn about the project. Here are the details:

            When:           6 p.m. Monday, June 12

            Where:          Loveland Public Library’s Gertrude Scott Room, 300 N. Adams Ave., Loveland

            Hosted by:   The City of Loveland Disability Advisory Commission, The Loveland Parks & 
Recreation Department, Recreation Accessibility Consultants LLC

“The key piece of this project is getting members of Loveland’s disability community involved as we launch this project and work through the summer on improvements,” Loveland Parks Manager Dan Willadsen said. “They, after all, are the users of these facilities, and the ones who will enjoy the benefits of the effort that will go into this.”

At the June 12 meeting Parks & Recreation employees and their consultants will outline their project tasks and suggest ways that citizens can help steer the process.

Recreation Accessibility Consultants is a group of Illinois-based specialists who work with cities to help them comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The group applies its knowledge of those standards in developing comprehensive plans for access improvement.

As the work progresses, City residents can attend either of two community feedback sessions, likely next fall, where project leaders will present their findings for review and comment. Public notice of times and places for those sessions will be prominently placed in City media and other sources.

Questions about the planning process and ways to engage with the project team should be directed to Dan Willadsen either by phone at 970.962.2729 or email at

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