TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – A looming deadline to meet requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act is forcing owners of many public swimming pools across Indiana to scramble to find money for upgrades.
The standards require that public pools nationwide establish one or two accessible points of entry. Those can include a pool lifts or sloped points of entry, depending on the pool’s size.
The law doesn’t affect private clubs or pools owned by neighborhood associations that aren’t open to the public. Other pools must comply by May 21.
The Tribune-Star reports some Indiana officials are hoping they can get an extension for their struggling facilities. Many pool operators also say they are confused about whether a portable lift is sufficient and worry that permanent lifts could pose a danger to curious children.