Parks and Recreation Loss Control Guide

Informational Memo

Published: October 14, 2019

Parks and Recreation Loss Control Guide
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This material contains general information; it should not be used as a substitute for legal advice. Any attorney general opinions cited in this material are available on request from the League’s Research and Information Service staff.

An overview of key risk management concepts and specific advice for managing many common programs and events for city employees, recreation participants and recreation facilities.  Discusses issues and outlines liability concerns in cooperative efforts with sports organizations, volunteers, or joint powers programs. Use of various waivers and immunities from liability.  The application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to recreational activities. Contains specific loss control recommendations for playgrounds, trails, swimming beaches and pools, skateparks, bicycle motocross (BMX), bleachers, outdoor skating rinks, sledding hills and ice arenas. Has information on renting out the city’s community center.  Safe management of events like parades and community celebrations.

Use these models with the “Park and Recreation Loss Control Guide”: