Chesterfield handicapped parking spaces in violation of federal regulations

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – Some handicapped spots at Chesterfield parks haven't been up to par with federal rules in the last five years.

"There's a lot of handicapped people in Chesterfield and Chesterfield to me, is not doing its job," said resident Wayne Holloman.

Wayne has the placard and the plate, but when he watches his son play ball at Iron Bridge Park, he doesn't get a special space.

"What gets me is they've got parking for the concession stand people-two spots and one for the handicapped. It really doesn't make sense," Wayne said.

There are more than 100 handicapped spots at 25 Chesterfield parks and some of them are out-of-date.

In 2005, a new parking policy was created under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Chesterfield County's parks division wasn't aware of the upgrades until last week when a resident complained. The county is now working on making the upgrades.

"We have called the police and they ticketed a car here before, but over here when someone's parked they won't ticket it because there's no sign up," he said.

Enforcing the blue spot is up to the police officer.

This is the way the parking lot needs to be set-up: There needs to be one handicap spot for every 25 spaces. And in front of that spot there needs to be a sign indicating the penalties if you park there illegally. There also needs to be one van-accessible space; it comes with access stripes. Wayne says the required upgrades will come in handy come game time.

"I'm missing out on some of my son's games. When they start I'm sitting back up here waiting for a spot," he said.

It may not get better this season. The changes won't be complete until the end of July. The parks division will be picking up the tab, however a final amount hasn't been calculated but we do know signs run between $7-15 apiece.

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