American with Disabilities Act

Sidewalks and Trees: Resolving Conflicts

On July 27, 2011 the University of Florida IFAS – Hillsborough County Extension in cooperation with the City of Tampa Dept. of Parks and Recreation presented a symposium for urban planners, designers, engineers, public works/maintenance staff and foresters on the American with Disabilities Act’s requirements for sidewalks. The presentations addressed how to manage trees and large woody plants within pedestrian rights of way to meet ADA standards and how ADA might be amended to accommodate the hardscape designs needed to grow healthy tree cover in urban areasand reduce long term maintenance expenses. (Part 1 of 3)