With temperatures on the rise, the time to install shade over your playgrounds and other recreational spaces is now. Shade has three major functions when it comes to outdoor play:

  1. Safety
  2. Comfort
  3. Maintenance


Trees and shade structures are an essential component of safety on the playground, at the pool and other green spaces. Children are particularly vulnerable to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, as just a few serious sunburns in childhood significantly increase the risk of developing skin cancer later in life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) number one tip to protect children from the sun is to seek shade. CDC explains, “UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it’s best to plan indoor activities then. If this is not possible seek shade…” Create shade over your green space with existing landscaping or the installation of sun shade sails.


Playground and other recreational equipment can get extremely hot to the touch, particularly in the summer months. Researchers at the Department of Geosciences at Arizona State University & the Texas Tech Climate Science Center set out to determine heat exposure, burning potential and the effect of shade in the Southern and Southwestern United States on community playgrounds. The team discovered nearly boiling surface temperatures on equipment and playground surfacing. They also found that the use of sun shade sails over the equipment greatly reduced surface temperatures, concluding that “even a little shade on the equipment, whether by an artificial shade sail or by natural means such as trees, had a huge impact on the safety and comfort of not only the playground equipment but also the natural and artificial surfaces on which the playgrounds were constructed.”


Exposure to the sun and other natural elements breaks down playground, recreational equipment and surfacing over time. Wear and tear from prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful rays yields premature damage and the need for repair. The installation of sun shade sails shields equipment from the sun and other natural elements, resulting in longer lasting materials and cost savings over time.

Our park shade structures are made of the highest quality materials and workmanship, capable of standing up to heavy wind loads, UV and more. Keep playgrounds cool and recreational spaces safe this summer.