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Picnic Shelters & Structures

Picnic Shelters, Gazebos, Arbors, Pergolas, Amphitheaters, Athletic Field Shelters, and More!

Picnic Shelters for Public & Private Facilities

Picnic shelters are fantastic places to share a meal outside. No school, church, park, athletic field, country club, HOA neighborhood, YMCA, or community center is really complete with having its own picnic shelter or shelters! In addition, more and more businesses are seeing the benefits of installing commercial picnic shelters for their employees to enjoy on their meal breaks.

Carolina Recreation & Design is the exclusive provider for both Icon Shelter Systems and EWS Structures in our region. We can work with you to provide and install a custom picnic shelter in either steel or wood that will meet your exact needs and specifications! And what about picnic tables, trash cans, or other picnic shelter-related accessories? We offer a large selection of site furnishings like these. We can make recommendations on how many tables, outdoor grills, Dogi-Pots, and trash receptacles you’ll need, and we can supply and install them right along with your new shelter!

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I just built a daycare center and called Carolina Recreation & Design to work with me for playground equipment installation. They were great. The crew they sent out was very professional; they followed the timeline they promised. Great company to work with. The playground they gave me will make a lot of kids happy and safe.


Carolina Recreation & Design was very easy to work with when our neighborhood association decided to upgrade the features at the park. From the initial contact to the final inspection, it was a great all-round experience. I would highly recommend to anyone looking to install a commercial playground in their community.


Our church considers Carolina Recreation & Design a part of our family. They have designed and built three play spaces at our church so far. Carolina Recreation & Design creativity, along with their professionalism, make working with them a joy. The final product is safe, current to industry standards, and, most of all, a fun space for the children. We would recommend Carolina Recreation & Design to anyone interested in upgrading their play spaces.


Our Picnic Shelters

Chestnut Park ShelterChestnut Park Shelter
Indian Trail, NC
Kannapolis Carousel ShelterKannapolis Carousel Shelter
Kannapolis, NC
Selma Burk ParkSelma Burk Park
Mooresville, NC
Vidant Cancer CenterVidant Cancer Center
Greenville, NC
Washington Street ParkWashington Street Park
Beaufort, SC

Multipurpose Uses for Commercial Picnic Shelters

Another nice benefit of having your own picnic shelter installed is the fact that it can be used for MORE than just a place to share a meal. They also make perfect places to:

  • Hold outdoor meetings
  • Outdoor classroom space
  • Sit outside with friends
  • Work on a project or hobby
  • Play games
  • Host birthday parties and weddings
  • Have a community event
  • And much more!

Picnic shelters offer hundreds of square feet of covered outdoor space that can be used for all sorts of multipurpose applications. Your imagination is the only limit to what you can do with one of our rugged picnic shelters!

Picnic Shelters

Gazebos for Public & Private Facilities

What is a gazebo, anyway? It’s a freestanding, open-air garden structure that is often hexagonal or octagonal in shape, covered by a roof. They can be constructed of different materials, but the sturdiest commercial gazebos are made with steel. Built-in seating is typically included inside, and there are often railings or latticework around the outside faces of the gazebo. Depending on your location and regional culture, gazebos can also be known as pagodas, pavilions, pergolas, rotundas, or tea houses.

What can you do with a gazebo? Here are just a few possible gazebo applications:

  • Garden shade area
  • Site for a wedding ceremony
  • Host a party or family gathering
  • Use in conjunction with a neighborhood cookout

At Carolina Recreation & Design, we have a wide range of gazebo designs, shapes, and sizes for you to choose from.

Picnic Shelters

Arbors for Public & Private Facilities

Like a gazebo, an arbor is another freestanding outdoor specialty structure, but an arbor is somewhat different in design and function. An arbor is a curved or square-cornered feature that is often used as an entrance or gateway to a particular outdoor area, such as a park or playground. Some arbors even have an actual gate included, and they create a small tunnel or overhang effect for shading a garden gate, bench, or path entryway. Many people choose to include climbing plants on the frame to create a true “living” arbor, but plants don’t necessarily have to be a part of your arbor layout. An arbor can be designed to provide full, partial, or essentially no shade, depending upon your preferences. Carolina Recreation & Design can provide for all of your arbor needs!

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Pergolas for Public & Private Facilities

A pergola is a great structural feature which offers shade for a walkway, passageway, or sitting area. Pergolas and arbors are sometimes confused since both can include various plant or vine features, but a pergola is usually larger and has more of a rectangular design. Pergolas are supported by posts, and they can be built with either a solid, perforated metal, or open slats roof. Pergolas make great standalone features to add accent and shade around pools, parks, and courtyards. Pergolas can be constructed as freestanding, or they can be attached to buildings and structures. In addition to their garden applications, pergolas can also be placed on patios, decks, or wherever else you deem appropriate. And the team at Carolina Recreation & Design can take care of all of your pergola needs!

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Athletic Field Shelters for Public & Private Facilities

Need some dugouts for your baseball or softball field? Or how about a shelter large enough to provide shade and cover for your bleacher seats? Whether your field has bleachers that seat 50 or 5000, we offer durable athletic bleacher shelters to meet your needs. In fact, we offer a wide range of simple slope structures (also known as monoslopes) that can be used in a variety of outdoor settings, both public and private. Just let us know what you need, and Carolina Recreation & Design is sure to be able to provide you with a solution!

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Amphitheaters and Band Shells for Public & Private Facilities

Amphitheaters are perfect for hosting a performer in the park! Amphitheaters come in many popular shapes and sizes, and Carolina Recreation & Design provide you with a modern amphitheater or band shell facility that looks great AND is built to last!  We also consult with sound engineers to ensure that we have the right attachments for trusses and cranes required to attract the big-name bands.

Looking to create a space for hosting outdoor concerts and events? Carolina Recreation and Design has many popular design options to offer for your perfect outdoor covered shelter. We can provide band shells in a smaller, simple gazebo-type style, and we can also provide larger amphitheater-style facilities. Plus, we can finish your band shell or amphitheater any way you like, including steel framing, ironwork, woodwork, brick, or stonework. We can even wire them for lights and electrical outlets, and we can prepare the foundation however you prefer.

Carolina Recreation & Design for All Your Outdoor Shelter Needs

One thing that sets Carolina Recreation & Design apart is the fact that we do more than just sell buildings and equipment. We can help you with your design plans, and we also offer full installation services for all of our products.

We go farther than that, too. We can also handle site preparation, permitting, electrical, water, and sewer work, fencing, brick and stonework, ironwork, whatever you want! Need a pedestrian bridge on your property? Not a problem. What about a standalone restroom building or facility? We offer a variety of restroom solutions that can be integrated into your shelter layout. And since we’re also general contractors, we can offer complete turnkey solutions, from start to finish!

Ready to learn more? Got questions about particular shelter options or pricing? Give us a call today at (704) 664-1833! You can also reach out to us online by filling out this simple form. Carolina Recreation & Design has all your picnic shelter, gazebo, arbor, pergola, and other covered structure needs covered!

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