The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is committed to making all practicable efforts to make Midpen facilities, programs, services, information, employment, and meaningful work opportunities accessible and usable by all people.

Public Meeting

Wednesday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m.
Midpen Administrative Office - 300 Distel Circle, Los Altos, CA 94022

An overview of the ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan update process will be presented. This meeting will provide the public an opportunity to share information, ask questions, and give feedback on this project.

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Project Background

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is committed to ensuring that no person is denied access to its services, programs or activities on the basis of their disabilities, as provided by Title II of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Midpen owns and manages approximately 60,000 acres of land in 26 open space preserves. The District's purpose is to acquire, permanently protect, and restore lands forming a regional open space greenbelt. The preserves are generally kept in a natural condition in order to protect their ecological integrity and habitat, and are developed with only those basic amenities needed for low-intensity recreation.

The District provides facilities that support the following public programs and activities on public preserves:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Equestrian Activities
  • Dog walking
  • Docentā€led walks and presentations
  • Volunteer activities including maintenance projects
  • Special uses including permitted camping, hang gliding, a visitor center program, and special events.
  • Publicly noticed meetings

The facilities supporting these programs include, but are not limited to, paved and unpaved roads, trails, parking areas, administration offices, public meeting rooms, a visitor center, staff offices, interpretive and directional signs, restrooms, all weather shelters, picnic areas, and supporting informational services.

Midpen is undertaking the development of an Americans With Disabilities (ADA) Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan Update. This project will identify any programmatic and physical barriers limiting accessibility at the District. The Plan will provide recommendations for removing physical barriers based on accessibility requirements mandated by the ADA and State of California access codes. The Transition Plan will provide the basis for prioritizing, budgeting, implementing, and monitoring the removal of barriers.

Project Timeline

Winter 2018

  • District encourages public input via project email and website
  • Consultant evaluates District policies, programs, services and activities
  • Board Workshop #1 - February 28, 2018
  • Consultant begins evaluations of District facilities

Spring 2018

  • Consultant completes evaluations of District facilities
  • District prioritizes removal of barriers to access

Summer 2018

  • Public review of draft ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan
  • Board Workshop #2 (date t.b.d.)
  • District presents draft plan to Santa Clara and San Mateo County Commissions on Disabilities (dates t.b.d.)

Fall 2018

  • Final ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan
  • Board Workshop #3 (date t.b.d.)

Project Contacts

We encourage community members to contact us with comments and feedback about this project at ADAPlanUpdate@openspace.org

You can also reach out to the District’s ADA Coordinator at any time by email adacoordinator@openspace.org or phone (650) 691-1200, California Relay Service: dial 711

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FAQ

What is the ADA?

What are Midpen’s responsibilities and obligations?

What is an ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan?

What is the timeline for the development of the Plan?

Will the public have a chance to participate in the development?

How can I get more information?

What facilities will be evaluated?

What is the ADA?

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a civil rights law that mandates equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities. Passed by Congress in 1990, the law prohibits discrimination in employment, public services, public accommodations, and telecommunications.

What are Midpen’s responsibilities and obligations?

The primary responsibility of public agencies with regard to the ADA is to provide equal access to programs, services, and activities.

The ADA requires State and Local Governments and Public Agencies to:

  1. Complete a Self-Evaluation of programs
  2. Develop an ADA Complaint Procedure
  3. Designate a person who is responsible for overseeing Title II compliance
  4. Develop a Transition Plan if the Self-Evaluation identifies any structural modifications necessary for compliance

Midpen adopted an ADA Transition Plan in 1993 to comply with the Federal ADA regulations of 1990.  Since the adoption of the 1993 plan, Midpen has acquired new lands, built and opened new facilities, and expanded programs for visitors and volunteers. A comprehensive update to the District’s Transition Plan will ensure that District programs, services, activities, and facilities are accessible to the public.

What is an ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan?

The Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan is required of State or Local Governments and Public Agencies with more than 50 employees.

The Self-Evaluation section examines how District policies, programs, and services are provided to the public.

The Transition Plan section looks at physical barriers and identifies structural modifications necessary for providing physical access to the District’s programs and services. As part of the Transition Plan, the District will develop a strategy and schedule for barrier mitigation.

What is the timeline for the development of the Plan?

The expected completion date of the Plan is Fall 2018.

Will the public have a chance to participate in the development?

Yes! Public outreach and participation is a required part of the Plan’s development. We are interested to hear from you on what currently works for you and where Midpen can make accessibility improvements. Contact us about this project at ADAPlanUpdate@openspace.org.

Public meetings will be part of the development process and will be announced when dates and times are determined.  Join our project email list to be notified of upcoming meetings and other project announcements.

How can I get more information?

We will be updating this webpage with the progress made on the Plan.  Contact Midpen about this project at ADAPlanUpdate@openspace.org.

You can also reach out to the District’s ADA Coordinator at any time:

ADA Coordinator
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
330 Distel Circle
Los Altos, CA 94022
Office: (650) 691-1200

California Relay Service: dial 711

What facilities will be evaluated?

We will evaluate all portions of exterior and interior features of our open space preserves and administrative offices where members of the public engage in District programs, activities, and services.  Given the nature of Midpen’s open space preserves, the accessibility of certain areas may be limited or not practicable due to terrain or sensitive natural or cultural resources.

The following facilities will be evaluated:

  1. Administrative Offices
  2. Bear Creek Redwoods
  3. Coal Creek
  4. El Corte De Madera Creek
  5. El Sereno
  6. Foothills
  7. Fremont Older
  8. La Honda Creek
  9. Long Ridge
  10. Los Trancos
  11. Monte Bello
  12. Picchetti Ranch
  13. Pulgas Ridge
  14. Purisima Creek Redwoods
  15. Rancho San Antonio
  16. Ravenswood
  17. Russian Ridge
  18. Saratoga Gap
  19. Sierra Azul
  20. Skyline Ridge
  21. St Joseph's Hill
  22. Stevens Creek
  23. Teague Hill
  24. Thornewood
  25. Windy Hill
  26. Easy Access Trail System
  27. An additional 15 miles of trail