Ironically, this will be an unorganized post. I'm going to give my thoughts on things, and I'd really like other people to reply to this to give other points of view.
I overheard a project about putting up a TV screen/monitor and possibly a weather monitor and I've been working a little bit on filling cracks and touching up the paint on the structure. So I'm thinking there should be some sort of overall design to all the functions that the shade structure provides in addition to shade.
Place to instruct
Place to test harnesses in the shade
Lost and Found
I think it's probably time to reorganize the information on the shade structure. We have the more-or-less weatherproof display cases that Dusty Rhodes so kindly built.
I think Dave Aldrich has put up the latest version of emergency information, because I see QR codes there to pull up info on smart phones, and I think that's a really good idea that should be used more places on what we display.
I'm not sure the display cases are in the best spot for getting the highest likelyhood of people actually reading the information. On the other hand, I'm not sure exactly where that would be, so maybe they are.
I do think it's likely some people are going to be reluctant to go up and stand right in front of someone sitting on the bench in order to read the information. As far as that goes, the bench is really wide, so you can't really get all that close to the bulletin boards anyway. And anyone hanging in a harness pretty much blocks access to them as well.
There's some information we'd like everybody to read, including non-flying visitors. Stuff like "Gliders can land at any time from almost any direction, and they don't make much noise, so watch out." and that we're in Mountain Lion and Bear habitat and please don't let your children play with the rattlesnakes. All the warning stuff. All the in-case-of emergency stuff. In short, all the CYA stuff.
There's the information for visiting pilots. Rules, ride information, Weather information, house thermals, etc.. I'm wondering if we couldn't use a QR code to pull up a "navigate to launch site" on a smart phone.
There's optional information. Say, the story of Andy and Juanita and how the LZ came to be. A gliding FAQ. Cool pictures. Pointers to instruction.
I'd really like to figure out a way to grab people by the eyeballs so they go over and check the information out. It was very discouraging awhile back to have someone suggest that we should put up information about the approach patterns when it was already there.
I'm thinking the best place for the display cases is on the long east wall of the containers. That's a fairly central spot that isn't blocked by anything. We should probably paint to cover the grime from when the barbeque was there. The teaching spot could be moved over by where the ring and hook game is.