Do you remember being a kid at the park and nearly scalding your legs as you went down the slide? Even though we all managed to have a blast at neighborhood playgrounds, these memories are ones that we don’t forget. And it’s understandable why.
Research shows that playground equipment can reach temperatures that are high enough to cause thermal burns. It only has to be in the 80s for this to happen, which means most summer days are a potential risk for burns.
Even newer materials like plastic and rubber have the potential to burn delicate skin, so it’s not just metal slides that you have to worry about. Fortunately, you can keep your playground equipment cool and reduce the risk for burns by installing shade structures.
What are Shade Structures?
Playground shade structures are large coverings that block out the sun’s UV rays. They can be installed over tables, benches and playground equipment to keep them cool. This way, kids can play comfortably without getting burned.
Shade structures are available in many different styles and colors. Some of our most popular options include cantilever shades, sail shades and umbrellas. All shade structures from Cunningham Recreation are made from high quality durable material and block UV rays.
Discover What Shade Structures Can Do for Your Playground
Shade structures are not a luxury that you add to your playground if you have enough room in your budget. They are essential parts of your outdoor space. Both integrated shade and freestanding shade benefit your park playground. Here are the purposes they serve:
Keep equipment cool
You can also use shade structures, like umbrellas and cantilever shades, to keep your playground equipment cool. This will reduce your equipment’s temperature, preventing burns on young children. And with enhanced comfort, you can expect people to stay at your park longer.
Reduce UV rays
Even on cool, cloudy days, the sun’s rays can still cause damage. Prolonged sun exposure can raise the risk for skin cancer, especially in young children. All shade products from Cunningham Recreation block up to 97 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Reprieve from the heat
Shaded areas give patrons a place to cool off and stay comfortable. Without these areas, park goers would have to sit under the hot sun. By including plenty of shade at your playground, you can accommodate all visitors and any special needs they may have.
Protection from the elements
Aside from the heat, shaded areas also give park visitors protection from the elements. Whether it’s sun, wind or rain, people will be able to stay cooler and dry underneath a shade structure.
Shade structures are a wonderful addition to any playground. To discuss your needs for shade structures, contact Cunningham Recreation today l We’ll be happy to provide you with an estimate!