Picnic Shelter

Picnic Shelter | Crescent Bar, WA | October 2019

Please raise a cold chicken wing in salute of the unsung architects who design picnic shelters, pit toilets, benches and other park amenities. These structures are mostly utilitarian copies built fast and cheap. But sometimes a design goes beyond providing shade and shelter to let innovation shine. I’m thinking of ridge-top rest areas along Interstate 90 where precisely-angled walls redirect wind around picnic tables. Or, in photo, a simple earth-tone cover that nestles respectfully below dramatic cliffs on the Columbia River. Potato salad, anyone?