After several delays because of recurring flooding, the Shreveport Rotary Club (Los Angeles, US – D 6190) finally put up three umbrellas along the Red River.
The giant umbrellas were permanently placed in RiverView Park over the past few weeks.
Today, the Rotary Club and Mayor Ollie Tyler celebrated the accomplishment.
The umbrellas are a gift to the city in honour of the club’s centennial celebration.
Shreveport Rotary Club’s centennial year overlapped Rotary Years from 2013 to 2015.
The umbrellas are about 11 feet tall, and can withstand winds up to 90 mph.
The Rotary Club believes the umbrellas will be used often because they are placed in a highly-trafficked area.
“The children and the families who are coming to this area to enjoy it now have protection from the elements where otherwise they were completely exposed to the sun and rain,” said Francesca Benten Moreland, Past Rotary Club President.
“So, not only is it beautiful to look at, it’s actually going to provide a great function of our community,” she said.
Members of the club are currently talking to the mayor about more ways they can beautify the area.