Shade audits to be conducted for City playgrounds and splash pads

The City will launch a pilot project to help the public guard against harmful UV rays. An audit will be conducted at select locations documenting the amount of shade available to protect people at City playgrounds, splash pads and wading pools. The audits will help determine the shade needed at sites, and how that shade may be provided for existing and new play sites. A preliminary assessment in 2008 indicated most facilities need improvements to the shade provided.