ADA transition plan

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), enacted on July 26, 1990, is a civil rights law prohibiting discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability.

Titles

ADA consists of five titles outlining protections in the following areas:

  • Employment
  • State and local government services
  • Public accommodations
  • Telecommunications
  • Miscellaneous provisions

Title II of ADA pertains to the programs, activities, and services public entities provide. As a provider of public services and programs, the City of Maple Grove (City) must comply with this section of the ADA Act as it specifically applies to public service agencies. Title II of ADA Act provides that, "…no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity."

Subject to Title II of ADA, the City of Maple Grove has conducted a self-evaluation of its facilities and developed a transition plan to outline strategies to achieve compliance. The ADA Transition Plan (Plan) outlines policies and procedures for both the City to maintain compliance, and for community members to have a dialogue about accessibility issues. The city's Plan provides a better understanding of the assets within Maple Grove and will help guide the city's prioritization of ADA investment.

This transition plan and its implementation are overseen by the City of Maple Grove Department of Public Works and are specific to the maintenance, construction, and rehabilitation of public rights-of-way, transit facilities, and public buildings under its jurisdiction. The other areas of protection under ADA are under the auspices of other city departments or government agencies and they will coordinate as necessary with the City of Maple Grove Department of Public Works to achieve compliance. Interagency coordination is outlined in the improvement schedule later in this document.

Self-evaluation

A key activity in developing the plan is self-evaluation. The self-evaluation inventory barriers in programs and activities that prevent persons with disabilities from reasonable access. The city began its evaluation of curb ramps and sidewalks in 2016. Evaluation of public buildings and transit facilities followed in the Spring of 2019. This plan document pertains to public rights-of-way as well as public buildings and facilities in 2019. Other infrastructure elements will be incorporated into stand-alone documents or in future updates to this one. The city's consultant worked with city staff to provide professional services in completing the self-evaluation process. This consists of a field review of infrastructure and facilities alongside a review of policies and programs as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: Self-evaluation components

Public buildings

  • Fernbrook Garage
  • Fire Stations (#1-5)
  • Government Center (including Public Safety)
  • North Metro Range (LETF)
  • Pets Under Police Security (P.U.P.S.)
  • Public Works Garage
  • Water Treatment Plant

Transit facilities

  • Crosswinds Church Park and Ride
  • Maple Grove Transit Station
  • Parkway Transit Station
  • Shepherd of the Grove Church Park and Ride
  • Zachary Park and Ride

Public Right-of-Way

  • Curb ramps
  • Sidewalks

Policies

  • Complaint/grievance procedure
  • Maintenance and alteration projects
  • Listing in Capital Improvement Program
  • Snow and ice removal
  • ADA improvements already completed
  • Stakeholder outreach

The self-evaluation provides an inventory of ADA compliance gaps and allows the City to catalog and prioritize future improvements. Programs and facilities are inventoried in an interactive, dynamic geographic database that will be delivered to the city for continuous monitoring and updates. The self-evaluation that covers public rights-of-way as well as public buildings and facilities (not including Parks and Recreation facilities), as required by Title II of the ADA was completed on February 12, 2020.

Completed Self-Evaluation Sections

Completed self-evaluation sections of the City of Maple Grove's ADA Transition Plan:

If you have any questions about the City of Maple Grove's ADA Self-Evaluation, please contact the City of Maple Grove Public Works Department via email or at 763-494-6370.