The first shade sails in one of our public playgrounds in Kaipātiki
“WooHoo! The long-awaited shade sail is being installed today at Lynn Reserve, Bayview! This is the first shade sail in one of our public playgrounds in Kaipātiki.” That was the response on Neighbourly from John Gillon, a local Auckland Council board member, when Shade Systems commenced construction onsite.
There has been a number of concerns voiced by Auckland locals, due to the lack of shade protection over public playground areas. In January 2016 an Auckland mum’s petition for more shade at playgrounds struck a chord with parents, achieving over 1000 signatures in just over a day.
A 2017 news article stated that only 29 of Auckland’s 940 council playgrounds are protected by shade sails. One of these sites is Lynn Reserve.
For the project at Lynn Reserve, the team at Shade Systems were approached by a park and playground consultant, who assists the Auckland Council with the design of new playgrounds and ensuring they are adequately shaded. The initial concept of triangle shaped shade sails was assessed by our team and quickly we identified a failing in the quality of shade fall and the longevity of the design. We submitted our design recommendation – detailing the correct size, shape, height and positioning of sunshades displaying shade fall at different times of the day – which met with approval from the local Council board, and the project was put into action.
Shade Systems specialise in providing innovative solutions to Councils for maximising shade in public spaces. For a unique design suited to your application, get in touch with our team!