Last week, Governor Murphy signed into law A-2187, otherwise known as “Jake’s Law.” The law incentives counties to build inclusive playgrounds for children and adults with disabilities by prioritizing Green Acres fund applications, submitted by a county seeking to use the funds for design and construction of a completely inclusive playground. Counties which do not currently operate or maintain a completely inclusive playground will be given further prioritization for Green Acres funds, to ensure at least one inclusive playground is operated and maintained by each county.
Along with the prioritization of Green Acres funds, the law also specifies that the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), in consultation with the Department of Education must promulgate rules and regulations for design, installation, inspection, and maintenance of completely inclusive playgrounds. The DCA has 90 days to publish these standards, which must also generally exceed standards required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The prioritization of Green Acres funding for completely inclusive playground projects will begin August 23, 2019, one year after the bill was signed.
Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq., League Staff Attorney, FMarshall@njslom.org, 609-695-3481, x137.