On-demand / Shade (Un)covered: Using Fabric Shade in Public, Private, and Commercial Environments

This session gives a comprehensive look at the orientation, style options, and engineering requirements when utilizing pre-engineered structures for locations such as concrete bleacher stands, grandstands school playgrounds, parks, hospitality areas, aquatic facilities, and more. During this session, attendees will learn how to design and plan spaces as a variety of options are discussed. In addition, attendees will learn how to maximize coverage and protection, minimize obstructions in spectator environments, and add the highest aesthetic value to the space.

Learning objectives

  • List at least two (2) benefits of installing shade related to comfort, protections, health prevention and wellness, and compliance
  • Give at least one (1) example of the ways sun direction impacts shade positioning as a function of the spaces being covered
  • Recommend at least two (2) design solutions based on the variety of shapes and styles of shade needed for a project
  • Explain at least two (2) engineering requirements regulated by building department code for temporary shade

Brent Derbecker

Shade & Shelter Manager


Brent Derbecker has worked in the private sector recreation industry since 2009 and has completed well over 300 private and public shade environment projects. Mr. Derbecker currently manages shade and shelter projects across the United States, which are fulfilled by over 400 sales partners. Since beginning work at Superior Recreational Products, Brent has received high-level training in recreational product design and development with a main focus on developing shaded spaces. He has a comprehensive understanding of product selection and placement, project management in construction, building department processes and requirements, and has been certified as a Certified Instructor to provide educational opportunities related to shade.

Inés Palacios, PhD (Moderator)

Training & Professional Development Manager

PlayCore / CORE

Inés is responsible for promoting the value of recreation for people of all ages and abilities. She provides continuing educational opportunities, professional development, and research that supports recreation and play while generating partnerships and alliances in the field. She joined the PlayCore team in August 2013 after obtaining her PhD in Parks, Recreation and Tourism from NC State University. Before joining PlayCore, she was an instructor at NC State University in the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Department. In addition, she has experience in event planning, program management, research, and national presentations. Inés is based out of Raleigh, NC.

This session will offer the following credits:     

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CEUs for a total of 1 Professional Development Hours. (0.1 IACET CEU / 1.0 AIA HSW LU / 1.0 LA/CES HSW PDH) will be provided to learners meeting the following requirements: 

  • Be present for 95% of the duration of the learning event; 
  • Participate in activities and discussion throughout; 
  • Complete assessment with 80% mastery of learning outcome;
  • Complete feedback/evaluation survey.

To obtain your CEU, please visit the "Event Details" tab above to complete the associated components for this event.

Instructor(s) Disclosures:

The instructors of this training webinar are employed by PlayCore and disclose an interest in attendees partnering with PlayCore on their play and recreation initiatives.


For any questions related to Continuing Education Units (CEUs), please contact core@playcore.com

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