ARVC Heads to White House for ADA Pool Issue
The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) will join its industry partners Monday (March 26) in a White House meeting to discuss misunderstandings involving new pool lift requirements that have been proposed under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
According to a press release, ARVC will be represented at the meeting by the Washington D.C. law firm of McDermott Will & Emery, which will voice private park operator concerns about the proposed requirements it feels are out of sync with existing ADA requirements for other amenities in campgrounds, RV parks and resorts.
ARVC and its industry partners have complained to the Department of Justice (DOJ) that they have received “conflicting guidance” and interpretations of the new pool lift requirements from state and local enforcement offices around the country. “There appears to be tremendous variations in interpretation by these local officials, many of whom are under the impression that DOJ intends this Guidance to apply only to new construction,” ARVC and its industry partners wrote in a March 13th letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and other Justice Department officials.
On March 15, Holder approved a 60-day extension of the compliance date for new ADA pool lift requirements following an aggressive letter writing campaign orchestrated by ARVC and other business groups. Holder also signaled the department’s willingness to consider a six-month month extension on ADA pool lift compliance while issues involving the proposed regulations are being discussed.
Al Johnson, who chairs ARVC’s Government Affairs Committee, said the association will continue to provide park operators with key talking points and other information to use in their correspondence with congressional and DOJ officials in connection with the pool lift issue. ARVC officials also plan to discuss park operator concerns about the proposed pool lift requirements in face-to-face meetings with congressional representatives in May.
“We’re making progress in getting our voices heard,” said Johnson, who noted that ARVC’s concerns are shared by a coalition of powerful business interests, including the American Hotel & Lodging Association, American Resort Development Association, the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, the National Apartment Association, the National Multi Housing Council, The Real Estate Roundtable, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the World Water Park Association.
For more information on the ADA requirements and the extension of the compliance deadline by the Department of Justice, visit www.ada.gov. Based in Denver, the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds is the national voice of the outdoor hospitality industry. Visit www.arvc.org for more information.