community in parks shade structures

BACKGROUND: Community Parks Initiative is an investment in neighborhood parks with the greatest needs. Friends of the High Line and NYC Parks Department partner to build a series of community shade structures in Community Gardens in the Melrose neighborhood of the South Bronx.

UTILITY: These shade structures, built in two separate community garden sites, serve the function of providing a canopy for community members to celebrate events with meals and shaded relaxation during hot summer days. 

AMENITY: The community decided to use fiber cement paneling for the roof of the structure.  This material is environmentally friendly and provides the visual appeal of cement at a tenth of the weight.