The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) is urging park operators to contact their congressional representatives and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) before April 4 to voice their concerns about ADA pool lift requirements.

“ARVC and other groups – including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Hotel and Lodging Association – met with key administration staff on Monday (March 26) to express our concerns,” said Paul Bambei, ARVC’s president and CEO. “While we appreciated the opportunity to discuss the hardship this recent Department of Justice guidance would impose on our members, there was no indication that the administration would revisit the DOJ’s view that fixed pool lifts are required. We fundamentally disagree with that DOJ conclusion, which is at variance with the final regulation promulgated by DOJ in 2010.

“As a result, we need to redouble our efforts, and that means having as many park operators as possible write letters to the Department of Justice and to their congressional representatives to voice their concerns about the new pool lift requirements.”

Bambei has sent emails to ARVC members across the country asking them to write letters before April 4, which is the deadline the Department of Justice has set to receive comments on the pool lift issue. Comments can also be submitted online by clicking here.

ARVC is urging park operators to request that the DOJ delay enforcement of its proposed pool lift requirements for six months. The association is also urging its members to request that the DOJ change its January 2012 guidance and permit public accommodations to utilize either fixed or portable lifts, and allow those with more than one pool or spa to employ one portable lift between those bodies of water as needed to accommodate patrons.

“Many of our members find that the proposed requirement for a permanent pool lift is excessive given the limited demand for such equipment. The installation of permanent pool lifts also introduces a new category of risk and liability for other pool users that the Department of Justice has not taken into consideration,” Bambei said, noting that the ADA pool lift requirement is out of sync with previous ADA compliance requirements. “More time is also needed for parks to comply with the new rules and to purchase the equipment they need.”

Park operators can learn more about the ADA requirements by visiting www.ada.gov.