The Importance of Incorporating Shade into Your Commercial Playground

Relief from the Sun When Having Fun

When you think back to the days of being on the playground as a kid, you might recall how sweltering the slide felt under your legs or how blistering the monkey bars were in the afternoon. While hot days on the playground may be filled with carefree smiles and positive memories, they can even better when spent in the shade. The sun in Arizona and around the West Coast can be unforgiving. Thankfully, commercial shade structures for playground areas serve as a solution to make playtime more enjoyable and safer.

Reasons Why Shade is Essential for Commercial Playgrounds

commercial playground shadeKids Will Have More Fun

Summertime is one of the more popular times of the year because of its longer nights and endless recreational opportunities. With more sun of course comes more fun. For Arizona and other West Coast states, this could mean temperatures in the 80s, 90s, and sometimes 100s. In direct sunlight, playground equipment can be incredibly hot to the touch. Additionally, children running and jumping around in the sun are at risk for heat-related illnesses such as exhaustion, cramps, and more.

No, we can’t control the weather, but there is an option that is the next best thing: shade over the playground.

Shaded areas are about 10 to 15 degrees cooler than sunny areas.

That’s right! Commercial shade structures over the playground give kids the most enjoyable playtime experience possible.

Kids Will Be Safer

It’s no secret that sunrays can be harmful to children. In addition to heat-related illnesses, playing for long periods on a sunny day can be harmful. UV rays from the sun can lead to sunburns and are known to cause skin cancer.

The CDC recommends planning for shade when developing or renovating recreational areas such as playgrounds or athletic fields.

By providing a cool play area out of the sun, your playground will be a safer and more enjoyable area for kids and families to enjoy even the hottest days of the year.

How Zoom Recreation Has You Covered

Zoom Recreation was founded to help schools and organizations like yours develop special recreational areas that students and the community can enjoy. We remember how exciting spending time on the playground can be, and we want to make sure the next generation experiences that same enthusiasm. Our team will contribute to your play area’s development our attention to detail, expertise, and passion, making for a finished product that meets your goals and brings smiles to many faces.

A big part of what we do at Zoom Recreation is thanks to our exceptional products. Zoom partners with the nation’s most trusted and reliable recreational equipment manufacturers for high-quality products and warranties that add value to the investment. Serving the West Coast (including California, Arizona, and more), our commercial playground shade structures are manufactured and installed with safety, functionality, and aesthetics in mind.

commercial playground shade

Zoom’s shade structures are made with…

  • UV stabilized fabric
  • Fire-resistant materials
  • Durable and coating/priming
  • Long-lasting fabrics and supports

*With different options available, specifications are based on site needs.

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How to Budget for Shade Amenities

Generally speaking, most budgets for shade structures break down like this: 10% freight, 40% product, and 50% engineering and installation. The cost is dependent on your project’s specific needs, but here are a few other factors to consider when planning: engineering, permitting, assembly, installation, concrete costs, rebar costs, concrete pad for shade, site amenities, and a maintenance plan. If that seems overwhelming at all, don’t worry! This is what we do! Reach out to the folks at Zoom Recreation; we’ll be glad to help out.

Get Started with Zoom

Serving the West Coast, Zoom Recreation is ready to help with your play area development from concept to creation. Our team will recommend the best shade structures for commercial playgrounds with consideration for your needs, budget, space, and other factors. To get started, give us a call at 866-234-3392 or get in touch with us by filling out our contact form.


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“We recently worked with Dan Smith and team for the addition of a Hip Shade Cover at one of our pool facilities. They were responsive with their correspondence, had competitive pricing, and gave updates throughout the construction of the project.”

— Brinna K.