Good planning practices for recreational areas are what help you determine everything from the right number of parking spaces to include to the best type of outdoor recreational furniture to buy. It doesn't matter if the area you're furnishing is a giant outdoor arena or a small neighborhood park; what matters is that you use every inch wisely, and that you outfit it with the best and longest wearing fixtures that your budget will allow.
ADA and ABA Compliance
Accessibility means everyone, within reason, has access to the recreational facilities, whether or not they have physical limitations. The Americans with Disabilities Act sets forth accessibility guidelines for facilities where the public may use them.
These standards apply to recreational parks and other areas that are open to the public, such as sports parks and stadiums. The Architectural Barriers Act affords similar guidelines, but they specifically apply to federally-owned sites and those bought or leased using federal funds.
Resistance to the Elements
It seems obvious, but resistance to the elements can make or break your outdoor recreational furniture selections. In the south, you'll need to think about excessive UV rays bearing down on surfaces. Will they be too hot to use on a summer's day? Will the sun bake them until some materials degrade and become unattractive or unsafe? Northern areas with severe winters have freeze and thaw conditions to contend with.
While wood might not seem as durable as some materials, certain species are ideal for outdoor use. For example, cedar and teak wood each have natural insect and disease resistance and it stands up to the elements. Our round, Cedar Wood Picnic Table retains a comfortable temperature, even when it's excessively hot or cold outside, and it's sealed to extend its natural lifespan. All cedar wood fixtures have the same nature.
Where the weather isn't as much of a concern, pieces like our Y-Base Perforated Metal ADA Picnic Tables are compliant with accessibility standards and also built to last outdoors.
If you want something hefty, durable and visually interesting, concrete is another option. Our Half Log Bench is constructed using rebar reinforcements and fiber-reinforced concrete, and it has the look of a real log split in half.
Special Use Considerations
Tables and chairs aren't the only furnishings you'll likely need to outfit a recreational area. You may also need barbecue grills, bicycle racks and pet waste stations. And you'll certainly need waste receptacles. If the area allows smoking in some sections, a safe way to dispose of cigarette butts is also critical. Our Waste Receptacle with Ash Bonnet Lid is one of many styles that are sturdy and attractive.
Umbrellas give users much-needed shade. With a canopy, several people can enjoy a break from the weather in one location. Smaller areas are served well using umbrellas. There's the traditional fabric-covered umbrella, but we also have a unique, folding, metal umbrella, the Aluminum Plus Aluminum Patio Umbrella, that turns in the wind to help redirect it up and away.
Designing and buying great, heavy-duty commercial outdoor furniture takes a lot of up-front planning to get it right. There's plenty to choose from, but not everything will work for your project. Your landscape, type of business, and the geographic location are just three of many considerations that need to factor into the design.
Let XPB Lockers help you create an outdoor recreation area that's code compliant, attractive, and durable enough to last for years. For large projects, such as parks or outdoor arenas, or small ones, such as outdoor break areas at an office, we carry the right furniture for your style and budget.