Lazy, Hazy, Shady Days Of Summer

· Make a budget. “Most companies will work with you in the design to make something that not only fits your needs, but stays within your budget as well,” says Rivera. He also recommends raising funds by researching the costs that will affect the overall design. Knowing more about shade structures and their purpose will help make sound decisions and possibly cut costs.

· Get cost points on each design, and consider feasibility. Workers need access as well as room to bring in equipment, including drill rigs and cranes. Some of the structures can weigh anywhere from one to two tons and may be up to 40 feet in the air.

Think about the bottom line. In a place as warm as Fresno, shading made a significant reduction in temperature, and allowed the venue to be used for various events. The facility has helped bring in revenue for the city’s parks and recreation department, providing a cash stream instead of a cash drain.

Heather Reichle is a freelance writer living in Columbus, Ohio. She can be reached via e-mail at

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