Over the winter, playgrounds at four county parks are to be outfitted with shades to help protect children from exposure to dangerous ultraviolet rays from sunshine, which are most intense in the summer.
Using funding from the health department, the roughly $50,000 cost per park is a sensible investment that’s not a random act: some of the county’s newer parks and playgrounds already incorporate screening devices.
The work — at Blandair and Western regional parks, High Ridge and Kiwanis Wallas — is expected to be wrapped up by early spring.
The county’s commitment follows a 2014 U.S. Surgeon General’s report urging “increased shade in outdoor recreational settings”...