Massachusetts Department of Public Safety intends to regulate artificial climbing structures and challenge courses as amusements
The Massachusetts Department of Public Safety (DPS) intends to regulate artificial climbing structures and challenge courses, in all settings, as amusements in the Commonwealth as of September 1st, 2006. The Climbing Wall Association (CWA) opposes this regulatory approach. Initially, this date was set at April 1st, 2006 but a coalition of organizations, including the CWA, was effective in postponing this deadline pending revision of the Massachusetts amusement regulations. The CWA, in cooperation with the ACCT, Massachusetts YMCA's, Project Adventure and other organizations, has been working on alternative legislation and regulations to license climbing facilities outside of the amusement arena.