Benefits of Adding Shade to Playgrounds

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Top Reasons to Add Playground Shade

From swings, independent events, and play structures to children’s tables or benches, there are many benefits of integrating shade into various parts of your play environment.

1. Children can play longer without overheating.

Heat from the sun can be a burden after a while, and children will want to go back indoors for relief. By shading your playground, children will be able to play longer, allowing them to have more fun while staying active. Shade structures typically keep spaces 20 degrees cooler for children to play in.

2. Keep equipment cool to the touch.

Many playground injuries come from children touching over-heated playground structure surfaces that are exposed to the sun for too long. Shading your play area will help prevent children from getting burns. 

3. Increase the life of your play equipment.

In addition to cooling the playground, shade structures will actually increase the life of the play equipment. It does this by protecting it against fading and cracking that happens from sun exposure over time.

4. Protect children from harmful UV rays.

One blistering sunburn could increase a child’s risk of getting skin cancer later in life. By adding our UV-protective shade to your playground, children can have fun and stay active outside while protected from harmful UV rays.

Ways to Shade Your Playground

Enhance your outdoor play environment by integrating shade structures into any portion of active use zones.

Cover an Entire Play Structure

Cover play structures with our Sail Shades or Hip Ends in square, rectangle, or hexagon shapes. We offer many sizes and fabric colors to match your play environment!

Integrated Shade

Use any of our modular shade options to integrate a canopy into the posts of your playground.

Swing Set Canopies

Did you know you can incorporate sun protection into your swing set? Check out our Swing Frame with Shade! Our skilled engineers have designed this to be a safe and economical way to shade swing sets.

Shade Independent Play Areas

Use umbrellas or cantilevers to protect musical play areas, climbers, or other independent play areas.

Bench Canopy

Have a bench beside your playground? Our Bench Shade Attachment perfectly fits on the back of any 6-foot standard in-ground or surface mount bench. This economical option is a great way to add playground shade!

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