The Importance of Shade Structures at Parks

December 26th, 2018 · Published to Playgrounds by Steve Lewis

Parks, reserves and outdoor recreational areas can be seen in every Australian city. After all, we simply love spending time outdoors being one with nature! However, due to our geographical location, we also experience a very high amount of UV radiation from the sun. Excessive exposure to UV radiation can cause people to develop skin cancer.

People of all ages use parks and reserves throughout the year here in Australia. Parks and recreational areas are used most often during the daytime and more so during the summer months when UV radiation levels are at the highest. While many areas of parks and reserves have trees that provide natural shade, certain areas do not get any shade at all. It is important to add some humanmade shade structure in such areas.

As someone who has been involved in the Australian shade industry for several years now, today I will talk about the importance of park shade structures. Make sure to consider adding shade structures to parks and outdoor recreational areas to keep people protected.

Park shade structures create a safe environment

Using shade structures in parks and reserves helps create a safe environment for people. Park shade structures provide a well-covered shady, cool and comfortable area. Not only do they provide people respite from the sun, but they can also offer protection from the occasional downpour.

Moreover, certain shade structures that make use of high-quality shade cloth fabrics are also capable of blocking out the sun’s UV rays. For instance, our shade structures here at Global Shade are made using special fabrics that can block out up to 99% of the sun’s UVR. By using such high-quality shade solutions in parks and reserves, you’ll be able to provide people with all kind of protection.

Shade structures are a flexible solution

Parks and reserves may contain plenty of natural shade. Unfortunately, this natural shade is fixed, and it can’t be moved around. You’ll face this problem if you opt for permanent shade solutions as well.

Fortunately, shade structures offer a flexible alternative to this problem. Shade structures such as canopies and tension membranes and shade sails are lightweight, flexible and movable. These shade structures can be used in a variety of ways, and they are very easy to install as well. Shade structures are also far more affordable as compared to permanent shade structures.

Shade structures can protect benches and outdoor seating equipment

While the sun’s UV rays are harmful to the skin, it is also harmful to outdoor objects as well. Benches and other outdoor seating equipment in parks and reserves soon fade and lose their strength because of overexposure to the sun’s UV rays.

By using park shade structures, you can prolong the life of the benches and outdoor seating equipment in your park or reserve. Make sure to choose high-quality shade structures


There are several reasons why you should consider making use of park shade structures. Shade structures can offer people protection from the sun’s heat, rains and also from the sun’s UV radiation. They are a flexible and cost-effective alternative to permanent shade structures. Park shade structures can also help prolong the life of benches and other outdoor seating equipment.

Make sure to add high-quality shade structures to areas of your park or reserve that are unshaded to provide a safe environment to the public. And, for the best quality park shade structures in Australia, consider us at Global Shade. We can customise our shade solutions to meet your specific requirements, regardless of how large or small an area you need to be covered.

Call us at 1800 724 407 to discuss your shade structure requirements with one of our experts today!

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