You may have noticed that your local park is a little cooler than it used to be thanks to the roll out of new shade sails at several parks across Penrith.
Ninety play spaces across the city have been earmarked as requiring additional shade to enhance the experience for adults and children using the space while beating the heat during our summer months.
Of these, 30 have already received, or are about to receive, the new shade structures.
The remainder will be installed on a rolling schedule across the next couple of years, concluding in 2023.
The modern shades will be installed in a mix of colours, will meet Australian Standards, provide specified UV block out ratings between 97-99%, minimise heat and allow appropriate airflow.
According to Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown OAM, the shade sails not only form a vital part of Council’s Cooling the City strategy and better our play spaces, they also provide families with the chance to spend more hours frolicking outside and having fun close to home.
“Council prides itself on providing an array of recreational areas for residents to enjoy while encouraging active, outdoor lifestyles,” Cr McKeown said.
“However, we live in one of the state’s hottest regions and see scorching summer days – temperatures quickly reach and exceed 40ºC as we have seen recently.
“For this reason, it is important we make it easier for people to get out of their homes rather than feel the need to stay inside.”
The new shade structures will promote year round fun at Penrith’s playgrounds, which is being complemented by council’s extensive tree planting program to aid in keeping the region cool.
The first of the completed playground shade structures can be found scattered across Penrith, South Penrith, Castlereagh, Jordan Springs, Cambridge Park, Emu Plains, Leonay, Cranebrook, St Marys, Colyton, Mt Vernon, Kingswood, Regentville, Wallacia and Glenmore.
To find out exactly where they are, and for more information, visit the Penrith City Council website.