John McGovern

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John McGovern has more than thirty years of experience in parks and recreation. He earned his law degree from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law while working in parks and recreation. John consults on access and inclusion for federal agencies, states, counties, park, forest preserve, and conservation districts, municipalities, and other local governments, businesses and nonprofits.

He is interested in applying access concepts to real-life situations and published a handbook for ADA compliance for Illinois park districts in 1991. He wrote a similar handbook for municipal parks and recreation agencies for the National Recreation and Park Association in 1992. Both are still in use today. His goal is to help every agency make parks, facilities, and programs open and accessible for people of all abilities.

John is President of Recreation Accessibility Consultants, LLC in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

ADA Requirements
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