The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is committed to making all practicable efforts to make Midpen facilities, programs, services, information, employment, and meaningful work opportunities accessible and usable by all people.

Project Update

On May 15, 2019 the Board of Directors approved the Final ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan Update. The final plan can be downloaded below:

Background

Midpen is committed to ensuring that no person is denied access to its services, programs or activities on the basis of their disabilities, as provided by Title II of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Midpen owns and manages approximately 60,000 acres of land in 26 open space preserves. Midpen's purpose is to acquire, permanently protect, and restore lands forming a regional open space greenbelt. The preserves are generally kept in a natural condition in order to protect their ecological integrity and habitat, and are developed with only those basic amenities needed for low-intensity recreation.

Midpen provides facilities that support the following public programs and activities on public preserves:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Equestrian activities
  • Dog walking
  • Docentā€led walks and presentations
  • Volunteer activities including maintenance projects
  • Special uses including permitted camping, hang gliding, a visitor center program, and special events.
  • Publicly noticed meetings

The facilities supporting these programs include, but are not limited to, paved and unpaved roads, trails, parking areas, administration offices, public meeting rooms, a visitor center, staff offices, interpretive and directional signs, restrooms, all weather shelters, picnic areas, and supporting informational services.

Midpen has updated its ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan. This project identified programmatic and physical barriers limiting accessibility at Midpen. The ADA Plan update provides recommendations for removing physical barriers based on accessibility requirements mandated by the ADA and State of California access codes, and will provide the basis for prioritizing, budgeting, implementing, and monitoring the removal of barriers.

Timeline

Winter 2018

  • Midpen encourages public input via project email and website
  • Consultant evaluates District policies, programs, services and activities
  • Board Workshop #1 - February 28, 2018
  • Consultant begins evaluations of Midpen facilities

Spring 2018

  • Consultant completes evaluations of Midpen facilities
  • Midpen prioritizes removal of barriers to access

Summer 2018

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

  • Final ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan approved by the Board on May 15, 2019

Contact

You can also reach out to Midpen's ADA Coordinator at adacoordinator@openspace.org or phone (650) 691-1200, California Relay Service: dial 711

FAQ

What is the ADA?

What are Midpen’s responsibilities and obligations?

What is an ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan?

What is the timeline for the development of the Plan?

What is the ADA?

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a civil rights law that mandates equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities. Passed by Congress in 1990, the law prohibits discrimination in employment, public services, public accommodations, and telecommunications.

What are Midpen’s responsibilities and obligations?

The primary responsibility of public agencies with regard to the ADA is to provide equal access to programs, services, and activities.

The ADA requires State and Local Governments and Public Agencies to:

  1. Complete a Self-Evaluation of programs
  2. Develop an ADA Complaint Procedure
  3. Designate a person who is responsible for overseeing Title II compliance
  4. Develop a Transition Plan if the Self-Evaluation identifies any structural modifications necessary for compliance

Midpen adopted an ADA Transition Plan in 1993 to comply with the Federal ADA regulations of 1990.  Since the adoption of the 1993 plan, Midpen has acquired new lands, built and opened new facilities, and expanded programs for visitors and volunteers. A comprehensive update to Midpen’s Transition Plan will ensure that Midpen programs, services, activities, and facilities are accessible to the public.

What is an ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan?

The Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan is required of State or Local Governments and Public Agencies with more than 50 employees.

The Self-Evaluation section examines how District policies, programs, and services are provided to the public.

The Transition Plan section looks at physical barriers and identifies structural modifications necessary for providing physical access to Midpen’s programs and services. As part of the Transition Plan, Midpen will develop a strategy and schedule for barrier mitigation.

What is the timeline for the development of the plan?

The final plan was approved on May 15, 2019.

 

ADA Coordinator
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
330 Distel Circle
Los Altos, CA 94022
Office: (650) 691-1200

California Relay Service: dial 711