Feature Article - September 2015
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Make A Statement!

Shelters, Shade Structures Go Above and Beyond

By Deborah L. Vence

Theater on the Green
Prescott Valley, Ariz.

In Prescott Valley, Ariz., civic development impact fees were recently used to cover a concrete stage on the grounds of the town's civic center campus, creating a performance space with a lawn for spectator seating.

"As envisioned in the master plan for growth of the Civic Complex, the town moved forward with expansion of the stage and installation of the roof over the stage, including lighting improvements," said Prescott Valley's Projects Coordinator Kim Moon. "It has been formally named the 'Theater on the Green.'"

The new amphitheater helps protect performers from the heat of the desert sun, and nighttime lighting stretches the potential for providing events.

As part of the project, the stage was expanded to nearly double its original size, and a custom amphitheater cover was provided by a Dewey, Ariz.-based shelter and shade structure manufacturer. The roof was designed to complement the nearby Civic Center complex, which includes library and police buildings.

The structure has a powder-coated tubular steel frame and designed and fabricated custom tubular steel trusses. The roof included a 2-inch by 6-inch tongue and groove ceiling and standing seam roof to match the existing buildings.

Moon said the finished product, completed in January 2015, is quite popular, and that there's been an increase in community events and entertainment.

Pah Rah Park
Sparks, Nev.

In Sparks, Nev., special cooling fabric canopies were installed last year at Pah Rak Park, a popular community gathering place for parents and children.

The canopies, purchased from an Ocala, Fla.-based manufacturer of outdoor shade structures, screen up to 99 percent of the sun's dangerous UV rays and can lower temperatures by 15 to 20 degrees. With temperatures in Reno often reaching more than 100 degrees, park officials wanted shade equipment to protect parents and kids from the sun.

The Pah Rah Park shade canopies are engineered to attach at each point with a single stainless steel connection. All of the cables and hardware are also stainless steel for maximum corrosion resistance and longevity, according to a press release on the manufacturer's website.

This is the first type of shade canopy installed at the park. "It was installed at the time of a new all abilities playground installation within Pah Rah Park," said Tracy L. Domingues, Parks and Recreation Director, city of Sparks Parks and Recreation Department, adding that feedback about the shade canopies has been very positive.