Summertime — warm nights filled with campfires and fireflies; sunny days filled with pool parties, ice pops and cannon balls. And what’s a summer without long naps on a hammock or swinging competitions on a tire swing. As winter fades, and summer tickle our senses, it’s time to get ready for all those great outdoor activities for our families. And installing a swing and/or hammock on a tree might be on your to-do list.
1. Pick out the swing — First pick out which swing you’d like to install. The Parke Company is available to run rope for all kinds of swings such as tire swings, hammocks, etc. If you’ve never had a swing, the Parke Company can recommend what swing is best suited for your needs.
2. Have a strong, sturdy tree — Pick out a tree for the swing. Consider age, health, sturdiness and type of tree. If you have questions or you’re unsure, the Parke Company can help assist you in determining which tree in your yard is best suited for a swing. In addition, the company can do a health analysis on your trees to evaluate the overall well-being of your tree.
Before you attempt to run rope yourself, consider calling a professional to ensure the job is done safely and securely. From a simple tire swing in a backyard to a impressive piece of art, the Parke Company knows the ins and outs of running ropes for a safe and fun activity for your family. Last summer, The Parke Company teamed up with Cheekwood in Nashville for their Tree House exhibit based on great works of literature. With some help, they created “Ocean of Notions,” a complex and colorful, ball of ropes that represents different stories flowing together as one.
While the Cheeckwood exhibit is at the top of the Parke Company’s capabilities, you can see that their skill with running rope and swings are endless. Having a swing or hammock gives great opportunity to be outside and enjoy the next several months. For more information on how to run rope for swings, please call the Parke Company 615-405-6548.