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post Sep 27 2012, 10:21 PM
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What's happened with the new ADA pool regulations that were supposed to go into effect this summer? We came across one RV park this summer that elected to close their pool rather than install the expensive accessability equipment required. Other parks seems to be going along either blissfully ignorant of the regulation or just planning on ignoring it. Is there a new deadline or has the ADA backed down? Just curious.
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post Oct 1 2012, 01:38 PM
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I don't know if anyone cares, but I wrote to KOA to see what their policy would be and if any of the individual campgrounds have decided to close due to the regulation. Here is their (NON-) reply:

Thank you for your email. I spoke with out Facilities Development Manager and this is what he has told me:
1) all public pools are part of the new standards in being compliant with the 2010 ADA and 2) KOA, Inc. has taken an active role in keeping our owners informed as to the updates in the law and have worked with vendors to secure access for KOA owners in procuring the advice and equipment necessary to comply with the new standards. At this time we are unaware of any KOA franchise that has opted to close their pool due to the change in the new standards.
Please feel free to contact us if you need further assistance.

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post Oct 1 2012, 02:24 PM
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QUOTE(Fitzjohnfan @ Oct 1 2012, 01:38 PM) *

I don't know if anyone cares, but I wrote to KOA to see what their policy would be and if any of the individual campgrounds have decided to close due to the regulation. Here is their (NON-) reply:

Thank you for your email. I spoke with out Facilities Development Manager and this is what he has told me:
1) all public pools are part of the new standards in being compliant with the 2010 ADA and 2) KOA, Inc. has taken an active role in keeping our owners informed as to the updates in the law and have worked with vendors to secure access for KOA owners in procuring the advice and equipment necessary to comply with the new standards. At this time we are unaware of any KOA franchise that has opted to close their pool due to the change in the new standards.
Please feel free to contact us if you need further assistance.

Sincerely,
Tami

Curious as to why you considered this a "non-reply"? KOAs are independently owned franchises, and the owners don't have to report their every move to KOA. I would assume many businesses will wait until the final moments to make a decision. The costs of a permanent lift will be a big expense for many small businesses, I am sure some will just plain not have the funds to make such a purchase. As others have pointed out, there are parks with portable lifts that have not been used or needed since they were purchased. It is going to be a very hard decision to make to take more money out of their pockets to purchase additional equipment that will not generate any income and will never be used. If the lift costs $5000 dollars and they choose to close the pool instead, they may be well ahead even if they lose a few customers. Got a feeling it is going to be a competitive decision. Parks in very competitive markets will probably be forced to keep the pools for business reasons. Parks that are overnight parks without a lot of local competitors, or parks that are close to very popular attractions may feel this is the straw that breaks the camel's back and they will get out of the swimming pool business.
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jamarynn1   Ada Pool Regulations   Sep 27 2012, 10:21 PM
John Blue   The park owners we have ask about this item told m...   Sep 28 2012, 07:20 AM
Dutch_12078   There were some changes and clarifications to the ...   Sep 28 2012, 07:24 AM
Lindsay Richards   I think what this says is that they must in fact h...   Sep 28 2012, 09:55 AM
Dutch_12078   I suspect a lot of RV parks will be claiming an ex...   Sep 28 2012, 10:57 AM
kcmoedoe   I suspect a lot of RV parks will be claiming an e...   Sep 28 2012, 02:04 PM
Fitzjohnfan   I don't know if anyone cares, but I wrote to K...   Oct 1 2012, 01:38 PM
kcmoedoe   I don't know if anyone cares, but I wrote to ...   Oct 1 2012, 02:24 PM
Lindsay Richards   Sounds like that letter was written by a lawyer.   Oct 3 2012, 11:46 AM
Dutch_12078   Sounds like that letter was written by a lawyer. ...   Oct 3 2012, 12:05 PM
Fitzjohnfan   Why I felt it was sort of a non reply, was because...   Oct 17 2012, 12:38 AM
Dutch_12078   I don't think KOA corporate would be in a posi...   Oct 17 2012, 08:17 AM
Lindsay Richards   The guy with ramp must have a very weird pool. Is ...   Oct 17 2012, 05:13 PM
joez   The guy with ramp must have a very weird pool. Is...   Oct 17 2012, 06:15 PM
Dutch_12078   Actually, that is exactly what they are talking a...   Oct 17 2012, 09:33 PM
docj   Actually, that is exactly what they are talking a...   Oct 18 2012, 10:10 AM
Dano2960   We installed both lifts this summer. The 2nd one w...   Oct 17 2012, 10:08 PM
Lindsay Richards   Seems to me that the sloped entry (1" drop pe...   Oct 18 2012, 10:06 PM


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