Problem Solver - August 2015
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Create a Park Centerpiece

Providing shade for your parks, trails and other sites is a smart idea. Not only can you use fabric shades to help your patrons protect themselves from exposure to the sun's harmful rays, but if you choose wisely, they can provide a beautiful aesthetic and a focal point for your site whether it's day or night.

Q: We want to install shades to protect patrons from the sun, but we also want to provide an aesthetically pleasing solution that really makes our site stand out. What should we consider?

A: You can find beautiful shade elements that can be grouped or used individually to provide imaginative and stunning shade solutions. Walkways, seating and individual play activities can be covered with sculptural shade solutions, featuring gracefully arching steel arms that radiate from a central support column to create a tensioned shade canopy that will provide a bold statement for your site.

Q: We want a shade solution that will look just as beautiful at night as it does during the day. What should we look for?

A: You can find shade canopies that are available with electrical accommodations so your shades can go from a stunning daytime statement to a beautifully lit element at night. What's more, you can use a rotating lighting solution to highlight your shade canopies in a variety of colors, providing even more appeal.

Q: What else should we consider?

A: Be sure to investigate your options and find a functional, durable canopy that can block out as much of those harmful UV rays as possible, while also cooling the area beneath the canopy. You can find shade fabrics that can screen out 99 percent of UV rays while also lowering ambient temperatures below by as much as 15 to 20 degrees.

In addition, be sure the shade canopy can be easily removed and reattached, just in case inclement weather threatens. This will make it easier to remove the shade canopy quickly, as well as ease maintenance when it's time to clean your shade covers.


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