The Campground Owners of New York (CONY) and Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO), in conjunction with other state campground associations, commissioned a survey this past week to gauge the opinion of campground operators on the new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) swimming pool regulations in preparation for the upcoming National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds’ (ARVC) meeting with the White House.

According to a news release, the survey was conducted March 19-23 with results being tabulated on March 24, well ahead of the April 4 deadline for ARVC lobbyist McDermott, Will & Emery to submit comments to the Department of Justice.

The ADA relations require that swimming pools operated in public places install wheelchair lifts to accommodate people with disabilities. The new law was to take effect this month, but a 60-day extension was granted after lobbying by ARVC and other national trade associations.

Among the survey findings:

  • 94% of those surveyed by TACO didn’t believe it was an appropriate use of government funds to enforce the pool lift.
  • 98% of those surveyed predicted the pool lift enforcement would result in the closing of their pool.
  • And as a testament to the effect on the small business owner, 64% of those surveyed have gross annual receipts of $500,000 or less.

“We felt it was important to get direct campground owner input so we surveyed our members, as other states did, to give to ARVC to present a quantifiable, consistent and coherent response to the pool lift question,” said TACO Executive Director Brian Schaeffer.

Over 50% of those surveyed have never had a pool lift request and predict they never will.

The survey was emailed to TACO and CONY members, along with other state associations and either faxed or emailed to the respective TACO and CONY offices.

“Sharing results of the survey, not only with TACO or CONY members, but our colleagues in other states was important for two reasons,” said Donald Bennett, CONY president and CEO:

  • “We want state associations to weigh in during DOJ extension.”
  • “But we also needed affected campground owners to weigh in and see what the industry was thinking.”

For more information on the surveys conducted please contact either Bennett at (800) 497-2669 or Schaeffer at (817) 307-0129. To see the survey results, please visit www.CampCONY.com or www.TACOMembers.com.