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File #: 160304    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Bill Status: ENACTED
File created: 4/14/2016 In control: Committee on Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs
On agenda: Final action: 6/16/2016
Title: Amending Chapter 15-600 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Parks and Playgrounds," by adding a new section requiring that all parks or playgrounds owned or controlled by the City to be more inclusive, inter-generational and family-friendly and provide equipment and play or fitness opportunities to accommodate children and adults with special needs, all under certain terms and conditions.
Sponsors: Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Oh
Code sections: 15-600 - Parks and Playgrounds
Attachments: 1. CertifiedCopy16030400.pdf
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultTallyAction DetailsVideo
8/24/20160 MAYOR SIGNED   Action details Not available
6/16/20160 CITY COUNCIL READ AND PASSEDPass17:0 Action details Not available
6/9/20160 CITY COUNCIL ORDERED PLACED ON THIS DAY`S FIRST READING CALENDAR   Action details Not available
6/9/20160 CITY COUNCIL SUSPEND THE RULES OF THE COUNCILPass  Action details Not available
6/9/20160 CITY COUNCIL READ AND ORDERED PLACED ON NEXT WEEK'S SECOND READING CALENDAR   Action details Not available
6/8/20160 Committee on Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs HEARING NOTICES SENT   Action details Not available
6/8/20160 Committee on Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs HEARING HELD   Action details Not available
6/8/20160 Committee on Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs REPORTED FAVORABLY, RULE SUSPENSION REQUESTED   Action details Not available
4/14/20160 CITY COUNCIL Introduced and ReferredPass  Action details Not available
Title
Amending Chapter 15-600 of The Philadelphia Code, entitled "Parks and Playgrounds," by adding a new section requiring that all parks or playgrounds owned or controlled by the City to be more inclusive, inter-generational and family-friendly and provide equipment and play or fitness opportunities to accommodate children and adults with special needs, all under certain terms and conditions.

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WHEREAS, The City of Philadelphia through its Fair Practices regulations prohibits discrimination in public accommodations, including parks and playgrounds, on the basis of disability; and

WHEREAS, The federal Americans With Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination in playgrounds to those in wheelchairs, but does not address other types of disabilities and special needs; and

WHEREAS, The City of Philadelphia in 2007 enacted Bill No. 070951 to provide that Class A Recreation Centers provide at least one trained person to provide programs for disabled children; and

WHEREAS, People with disabilities are the nation's largest minority group, and the only one that anyone can join at any time. Moreover, the prevalence of disabilities in adults increases with age; and

WHEREAS, Playgrounds can offer many opportunities for children to further develop physical, cognitive, sensory and social skills. An inclusive design includes a balance of play experiences to build all these skills; and

WHEREAS, It is in the best interest of all Philadelphians to provide accessible, intergenerational, family-friendly outdoor fitness and play spaces for people of all ages and physical capacities; now, therefore

THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA HEREBY ORDAINS:

SECTION 1. Chapter 15-600 of The Philadelphia Coded is hereby amended to read as follows:

CHAPTER 15-600. PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS.

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ยง15-605. Inclusive Parks and Playgrounds.

(a) Children's Play areas.

All parks and playgrounds owned or controlled by the City of Philadelphia, un...

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