The Windermere Town Council approved the purchase of a playground shade structure for Palmer Park at its Tuesday, Feb. 14, meeting.
The shade structure, from Shade of America, is $26,530 and will be purchased using funds available in the parks committee line item.
In a letter to the mayor and town council, the Parks and Recreation Committee said it worked with town staff to obtain three quotes for the project: Swartz Associates Inc., declined to quote; Shade America Inc., $26,530; and 360 Recreation LLC, $44,291.68.
“The Parks and Recreation Committee has been dedicated to improving the parks system within the town and has worked tirelessly to bring more recreation opportunities and activities to the residents of the town,” the letter read. “As part of this important work the committee identified a need to install a shade structure at the playground at Palmer Park.”
The shade will be constructed using Commercial 95 340, the flagship of GALE Pacific’s Architectural Shade Fabrics range. Designed for use on tension structures and suitable for a wide variety of applications, the fabric offers the ultimate combination of maximum sun protection, strength and durability to ensure maintenance-free, long-life performance.
Nora Brophy, Parks and Recreation chair, spoke in support of the shade structure at the meeting.
Brophy said the committee is focused on Palmer Park this year and already has ordered new handicapped-accessible swings and a new teeter-totter.
“We lost a couple of oak trees in that park, and now the little kids are in danger of burning their little behinds on the swing,” she said. “The shade will cover most of the swings and the play structures.”
Brophy also mentioned a couple of pieces of playground equipment such as the tire swing were removed from the park recently due to safety concerns.
The council approved unanimously the shade structure.