I'm hoping to get the ball rolling on this early because it involves three different departments - DPW, Rangers and Participation Station - and may require some discussion. Then again, maybe not. I mentioned it briefly to some of the coords involved during the burn, and wanted to bring it up formally here, so here tis:
I propose we replace the current shade structure being used to house Participation Station and Rangers HQ with two 10' x 20' pop ups.
The old one has been around for ages, I think it's survived at least 14-15 burns, but the poles are always getting bent, pieces get broken or go missing and have to be replaced by ordering online, and worst of all - it takes 5-6 people anywhere from 2 to 3 hours to set up, and it's a real drain on resources.
I've been doing research and found we most likely would want to get structures with a steel frame and straight legs. Commercial quality units go for anywhere between $200 and $650 each, and for a bit extra, you can get sidewalls for more protection from the elements. And they're so much faster to put up and store away!
In addition, because they would be two separate units, Ranger HQ and Part Station could be divided into different spots, if the coordinators want. Or if so desired, there are clips that can be bought that can connect the two together to make one large unit.