Where There is Smoke, Is There Fire?

Many Colleges, Universities and other organizations are revising their smoking and tobacco use policies. This includes Yavapai College which has a new official policy that goes into effect in Aug. 2016.

The Yavapai College policy allows smoking on campuses within a limited number of designated outdoor areas, according to a news release. Many of these areas are already constructed, marked with signage and furnished with tobacco product waste receptacles.

Classic Recreation supplied the smoking shelter to Yavapai College. It is a durable powder-coated quality metal structure that will withstand the outdoor environment and provide protection and comfort for the smokers.

Smoking Shelter

At Yavapai College, smoking includes, but is not limited to: carrying a lighted or smoldering cigarette, cigar, pipe and inhaling e-cigarettes or vaporizers. Smokeless tobacco products such as snuff and chew are also prohibited within college vehicles, buildings and residence halls, and within 25 feet of building entries, doors, windows and air vents. No such restrictions have yet been placed on what someone may do inside their personal vehicle.

smoking shelter yavapai

Yavapai College President Dr. Penny Wills said the 25-foot law set by the state of Arizona was simply not working and that stricter measures had to be taken to ensure healthy campus environments for those not wishing to be exposed to potentially harmful substances. “This isn’t a power move,” Wills said in February. “We’re just looking after the health and wellbeing of our students and employees.”

After initial opposition, since the announcement was made that Yavapai College would compromise by only restricting smoking or tobacco use to certain areas, there hasn’t been much push back. The quality shade structures from Classic also added to a more acceptable environment for the smoking solution. The shelter installation at Yavapai College can be seen in the photo below. 

“For the mass majority, I think they believe it’s about time we took action on this,” the college’s Human Resources Director, Monica Belknap,  said. “During the busy season, there have just been tons of students smoking their little e-cigarettes and whatnot.”

To read the article published in the Daily Courier, click here.

Shade Shelter for the Park – Curved Orlando Model

A park shade shelter with an interesting custom curved crescent shape is shown here. This curved Orlando model is located at the Bartley Ranch Park in Reno, Nevada.

Shade Shelter

This structure is quite eye-catching in a park environment. It has a custom cupola, 24-gauge HR-36 steel roof and a powder coated finish. At this park it was surface mount and installed with custom footings to accommodate the slope. The park has a small matching shed for storage nearby.

Free $100 Gift Card at the ASLA Expo!

Are you attending the ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo in Denver?  Come join Classic Recreation in booth #1506 at the American Society of Landscape Architects 2014 Expo.

Join our FREE drawing for a $100 and $50 gift card at the Expo!  Click here to enter the drawing and be sure to check-in at or during the Expo.

We will have a shade structure on display at the event and premiering our Value Line Mesa model.

We will be joined in the booth by First Light Technologies, a supplier of quality solar lighting products for both Classic structures and landscaping.

See you there — or when you check-in at the website for the gift card drawing!


60 Foot Tall Tepee !

An all-steel 60’ diameter and 60’ tall 12-sided tepee is now located in Chard, Alberta Canada. Chard is in the far northern reaches of Alberta.  The large tepee serves as a focal and destination point for the Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation tribe. Pat Zelenak with Playworks, Inc. located in Edmonton, AB Canada came up with the idea of creating the structure.

The tepee serves as a picnic shelter, entertainment pavilion and pow wow area.  It has a large fire pit located near the front.  Native scenes are painted on the steel walls/roof of the tepee.  This tepee is thought to be the largest fully covered tepee in North America, if not the world.

The Dene First Nation is an Athabascan speaking people which call themselves “Dene”, meaning “The People”.  The Dene has been in the Athabasca region for thousands of years and were hunters and gatherers migrating with the Baron Caribou.It is believed that some of the Dene people migrated south to the United States and became what is now known as the Apache and Navajo nations which are now largely located in Arizona.  It seems only fitting that this one of a kind tepee has been created and fabricated from a company in Arizona and is being installed in the north for the Dene People. Classic Recreation Systems, Inc. is proud to be a part of this ancient history and hope the Chipewyan Pairie “Dene” First Nation people will enjoy this unique structure for years to come.

Smoking Sanctuary

Hilton Worldwide recently released a directive for all of their hotels to install smoking shelters.  Smoking shelters and shade structures to meet the directive are now available from Classic Recreation Systems, a national manufacturer of high quality pre-fabricated steel shelters with 24 years of experience.  These structures are built from heavy duty powder coated tubular steel frames with 24 gauge steel roofing which includes a 30 year paint finish.  Many other roofs are available such as tile or fiberglass shingles set on a handsome 2”x 6” tongue groove sub-roof.

This 3-D concept drawing is one idea you might be interested in to meet the needs of smokers in your facility.  Many other styles and sizes are available.  We ship to all 50 states, Canadian provinces and overseas. Turn-key installation is available in most areas.

Please email or call us at (800) 697-2195 for pricing and additional information.

Richland Community Park

The Richland Board of Supervisors in Pennsylvania was able to fund the purchase a new picnic pavilion, trail system, soccer zone and family play zone for Richland Community Park.  It was funded by bonds, a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and a contribution by a local housing development.

The supervisors voted unanimously to purchase a 60-foot steel picnic shelter from Classic Recreation Systems for the Park.  The supervisors previously had approved a 42-foot pavilion, but decided to go with the larger structure after getting the contribution from the home developer.

Richland taxpayers have benefited from both the beautiful park additions and financially by refinancing the municipal bonds. For more information, read the full article.

Now Offering Solar Lighting

Classic now offers solar lighting for our structures. This includes flexible and light- weight solar laminates. The solar laminate does not require penetrating the structure roof or additional load bearing capacity.Our laminates resist hurricane-force winds, and, because they are glass-free, they are ultra-durable and resistant to vandalism. They are also very tolerant of shade, non-ideal installation angles, and high heat conditions. Classic Solar Systems include the laminate solar collectors, a combiner box, wiring and lighting to provide a complete lighting system for your shelter.

Click here for more information.