Parks & Recreation Projects

View shade structure projects built for Parks and Recreational uses. Projects can be viewed by design styles.

Parks & Recreation Shade Structures

Abacus Shade Structures builds shade structures in Parks, Playground and Recreational Areas. Shade Structures protect people from sun exposure and encourage outdoor activity. Shading playgrounds and equipment makes playgrounds more child friendly by offering comfort and health benefits.

When designing the right shade in Parks Playgrounds and Recreation we consider both the natural and built environment,  seasonal sun movement,  children’s playtimes and budget. Design concepts and engineering are always presented to clients ensuring clear communication about the proposed project. When working in public spaces and playgrounds consideration must be given to public access, child movement,  vehicle movement, compliance and safety.

Shade Sails made from shadecloth and PVC mesh can be a colourful and practical addition to Parks, Playgrounds and Recreational Areas. We use high performance fabrics offering long warranties, strength and UV protection.  

Engineering.  Footings, steel  sizes, welding and tensioning of fabric have to be right.  At Abacus Shade Structures we encourage engineering for all shade structures.

Trends.  Round framed structures, brightly colours and laser cut steel roofs are popular and experiencing new interest in Parks, Playgrounds and Recreational spaces. Bright coloured Shade Sails are always popular in playgrounds and around playground equipment.



Managing compliance, safety and engineering in Parks & Playgrounds. 


The key to success with all stakeholders on Parks & Recreational projects.



  • Huge colour range
  • Shade or waterproof fabrics
  • warranty, strength, UV block


Team skilled in design, fabrication, project managing, welding & installation.  

Featured Parks & Recreation Project

Ryde Outdoor Youth Space

Three shade structures of 115sm were installed at a new skate park in Ryde, Sydney. The purpose of the project was to provide  aesthetics and functionality for playground users. Ryde Council designed the skate  playground with modern shade structures, gardens and expansive skate bowls to encourage outdoor recreation and support youth.

Client Btief

  • Hexagonal structures to correspond to the hexagonal plan of the playground.
  • A minimal pitch of 7-degrees in the structure roof.
  • Anti-graffiti paint to be used.


This is a one-off design.  The central mast of each structure is quite striking. The horizontal rafters of the ring beam are curved down to a five posted central mast.


Shaping. Every angle in the hexagon shape is unique. Angles went from acute to obtuse due to the 7 degree slope of the structure but the five rafters had to then vertically slot into a central mast. The repetition of elements proved effective.

Tensioning of the membrane over a hexagonal rim.  The fabric had to line up perfectly on the rim to look neat.  This is a fabric patterning skill.

The project exceeded expectations. Tradies onsite admired and were intrigued by the unique design. 

Abacus  Shade Structures enjoys one-off projects which explore new possibilities for tension structures.

For a Quotation on your Parks and Recreation Project


Abacus Shade Structures will provide you with a no obligation quotation for your project.  Please call our Sales team on 02 4735 4800 or 02 9831 1218 or use the form below.

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