Access to recreational activities in the United States has often lagged behind other types of facilities and services. With the inclusion of Recreational Facilities in the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Design Standards from the Department of Justice, this gap should now begin to close. Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas have also been developed by the US Access Board.

ODO’s staff members are actively involved in accessible sports and recreation themselves and welcome recreation-related projects. Over the years Open Doors Organization has helped to test beach mats for the Chicago Park District, assisted golf courses in acquiring adaptive golf carts and equipment and been actively involved with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s fitness and sports programs. We have also audited dozens of sports and recreational facilities for the ODO Easy Access guides.

Open Door Organization is a consultant for Southwind Park, a new all-inclusive recreational facility in Springfield, IL. Our main project at Southwind was development of a tactile wayfinding system for their trails.

ODO works closely with two non-profit organizations dedicated to recreational access, Access Anything and the Kostas Z Foundation, and often involves them in our recreation-related projects.

ODO Recreation Services

  • Staff training
  • Video production
  • Marketing and outreach strategies
  • Inclusive program and facility development
  • Adaptive equipment testing
  • ADA compliance reviews
  • Web accessibility analysis

Please call us at 773-388-8839 or email Eric Lipp or Laurel Van Horn to discuss your specific needs.

Recreation Resources

2010 ADA Design Standards – Includes Standards for Recreational Facilities

US Access Board Final Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas, Sept. 26, 2013

National Center on Accessibility (NCAT) – Promotes access and inclusion for people with disabilities in parks, recreation and tourism. Online resources include Access A to Z, Products Directory and Distance Learning.

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability – Information center concerned with physical activity and disability

Access to Recreation – Adaptive recreational and sporting equipment

See also Business Resources