Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Trailblazers: Stirring the Pot: John McGovern Likes a Little Controversy, as Long as It Means Making Progress on Accessibility Standards for People with Disabilities

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Trailblazers: Stirring the Pot: John McGovern Likes a Little Controversy, as Long as It Means Making Progress on Accessibility Standards for People with Disabilities

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Name:           John McGovern

Title:          Executive Director, Northern Suburban Special
                Recreation Association

Member since:   1973

John McGovern has nearly 30 years of experience in parks and recreation. He earned a law degree while working in recreation, and has published several handbooks on the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance. McGovern was inducted into the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration in 2000, and received the Illinois Park and Recreation Association Professional Recognition Award the following year. McGovern has also represented NRPA on every federal advisory committee regarding recreation and the ADA.

Last year, he chaired an NRPA task force that produced comments that were included in the Department of Justice's Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANRPM) public comment period for revision regulation of the ADA. Within NRPA, McGovern is affectionately described as an "ant hill poker," by those who know him, for stirring the fire under issues relating to accessibility. "I think a lot of my colleagues give me tasks because they know I will irritate people in the process of doing my job," McGovern says, adding, "A little controversy is very good in the process of finding a common ground."

Most Proud Moment: When he chaired the Access Board's Recreation Access Advisory Committee in 1993. The committee was comprised of people from park and recreation associations and manufacturers, to entertainment moguls from Universal Studios and Disney. …

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