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BY JONATHAN LERNER

When everyone wants a piece of the same postcard.

When everyone wants a piece of the same postcard.

From the August 2016 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine.

Mather Point, a limestone fin that juts into Grand Canyon National Park, is the first overlook from which many, possibly most, visitors to the storied national park get a glimpse into that astonishing other world. In the middle of a short flight of steps down from the rim to the overlook sits a pair of large boulders. There’s often an informal queue at that spot. Every day hundreds, maybe thousands, of people wait to clamber up and have their pictures taken. Shot from below and elevated by the rock above the crowd, people appear to float before the geological fever dream of the canyon. Invariably, they spread their arms wide, like wings. These portraits make an allusion to flight—and an illusion of solitude.

A redesign of the access to Mather Point for cars and pedestrians, and of the park’s nearby main visitor center, was completed in 2012. It more than doubled the parking capacity. But attendance at national parks has soared since then, and already these new facilities are frequently overwhelmed. For the National Park Service system as a whole, between 2012 and 2015, recreational visits were up nearly 9 percent. For national parks in the Intermountain Region, attendance rose (more…)

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From the June 2012 issue of LAM:

Rian K. Long

By Elizabeth S. Padjen

Brick, beans, and cod—you know we’re talking about Boston. But nobody bakes beans anymore, and the feds have clamped down on cod fishing. Now, even brick is under siege. In the country’s most famous walking city, the dominance of the venerable paving material has been challenged by the decidedly more pedestrian concrete and asphalt.

Leading the attack on brick sidewalks is the city’s Commission for Persons with Disabilities (CPD), which believes that clay pavers do not—and, perhaps more important, cannot—meet the guidelines established by the state’s access code and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Both codes require continuous smooth walking surfaces with no variations greater than a quarter of an inch. Although brick sidewalks are blamed for tripping hazards and obstacles to canes used by the blind, the most frequently cited concern is wheelchair vibration—a sensation similar to the buh-bump, buh-bump rhythm familiar to anyone who has ever pulled a wheeled suitcase over uneven pavers or driven over cobblestone.

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From the May 2012 issue of LAM:

2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design

Ten ways the new ADA regulations will affect landscape architects.

By Daniel Jost, ASLA

A major upgrade to the fine points of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has gone into effect, and landscape architects will have to take note of the many changes that will affect their work. March 15 was the compliance deadline for revised standards of the ADA that were issued by the U.S. Department of Justice in September 2010. The new standards include a number of changes that will significantly affect the design of landscapes and public spaces and, in the process, make many more types of activities available to people with disabilities. (more…)

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PLAY IT SAFE

Worried about how the new ADA regulations will affect projects you’re working on? An article in LAM’s May issue breaks out 10 changes that you’ll want to know about. In the meantime, the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association has come up with a checklist that specifically looks at what’s required in terms of accessibility for playgrounds.

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U.S. FHWA Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices

New regulations related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) went into effect yesterday without much fanfare.  Many of these standards will affect landscape architects, including new rules for recreational boating facilities, fishing piers and platforms, golf facilities, mini golf courses,  play areas, swimming pools, spas, and stages.

New construction that begins on or after March 15, 2012, must comply with the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.* A short summary of the changes can be found in a document on the ADA website, here, and a complete copy of the new standards and guidelines for meeting them are available here. The Department of Justice also released a separate memo in January, providing technical assistance related to its new pool and spa regulations. (more…)

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