The City’s Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department is pleased to announce that it will hold a dedication ceremony for its newly constructed shade structure on Saturday, July 13 at 10:00 AM. Made possible by a grant from the American Academy of Dermatology’s Adopt-A-Shade program, the shade structure over Will’s Playground on the Eastern Promenade will protect hundreds of children each day from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
“The City would like to thank the Dermatology Associates and the American Academy of Dermatology for making this shade structure possible,” said Sally DeLuca, Director of the City’s Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department. “We know it will serve as welcome relief in the hot summer sun for the many kids and their families who enjoy playing at this playground.”
The dedication ceremony will include kids activities from 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM followed by a short speaking program from 10:30 AM to 10:45 AM. Sunscreen samples will also be given out.
According to the AAD, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and it only takes one blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence to nearly double a person’s chance of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, later in life. Seeking shade is an important way to reduce the risk of skin cancer, along with covering up and wearing a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
Portland's Dermatology Associates, a member of the AAD, generously provided the funds for the shade structure at Will’s Playground. Portland board-certified dermatologist Dr. Rachel Gormley, of Dermatology Associates, will join Dr. Suzanne Olbricht, American Academy of Dermatology Immediate Past President, at the dedication ceremony on Saturday to talk about the importance of sun protection/skin cancer prevention.
“Providing this shade structure is incredibly rewarding,” said Dr. Gormley. “Children are especially vulnerable to the damaging effects of the sun because of the time they spend outdoors. It’s great to see the community work together to protect our youth and teach healthy sun care habits, starting at an early age.”
The Adopt-a-Shade Program is part of the AAD’s SPOT Skin Cancer™ campaign to reduce the incidence of skin cancer by educating the public about effective skin cancer prevention tips. To learn more about the Shade Structure Program or for ways to prevent and detect skin cancer, visit www.SpotSkinCancer.org.