Assemblywoman Mosquera “Jake’s Law” Bill to Create Inclusive Playgrounds to Better Serve NJ Families with Disabilities Clears Senate

Bill A-2187 will make playgrounds in New Jersey
inclusive and capable of catering to children and
parents with different types of disabilities was
approved Thursday by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism, and Historic Preservation Committee.

These parks provide a fun and safe place for children with special needs to play and engage socially.
Building more of these parks not only provides these children with this wonderful opportunity, but can also help educate other children about acceptance and inclusion.

This bill would require the DCA to:

  • to propose rules and regulations within 180 days of the effective date of the bill and adopt rules and regulations within one year of the effective date of the bill.
  • commissioner would have to invite and receive recommendations for the adoption of rules and regulations from nonprofit organizations with a demonstrated expertise in the design and construction of inclusive playgrounds.

The bill would require that the DEP prioritize any application submitted by a county seeking to acquire or develop lands for recreational and conservation purposes using Green Acres funds. Additional prioritization would be given to applications submitted by counties that do not currently operate and maintain an inclusive playground, to ensure at least one such playground is operated and maintained.

The bill would take effect immediately and now heads to the full Senate for further consideration.