Protection for outdoor diners
An $18,000 Lions club project is underway in Geraldine to provide shelter for picnickers.
The planned covered picnic table will be located at north Todd Park, next to the Waihi River Bridge.
Geraldine Lions volunteers started construction two weeks ago.
Donated steel structural pipes have been set in concrete and will support a hardwood beam as part of the roof. They will be clad in stones from the Orari River.
Club volunteer and builder Tony Bourke said the wood for the project had been donated.
‘‘It (wood) was part of the old Rangitata top bridge and has been on a farm all these years.’’
President David Mackenzie said the club wanted to create something unique for Geraldine and its design was a collaboration between members and a designer.
The construction was likely to cost less than the $18,000 budgeted as the club had received donations of money and materials and labour costs would be minimal, he said.
With the picnic table, able to seat two families, boasting a donated concrete top and and an exposed aggregate floor, the theme was one of a river bridge. ‘‘It will be practical to keep the rain, or sun, off.’’
He said the Geraldine Community Board had been very supportive of the project and the Timaru District Council had allowed its land to be used.
As a 2017 Lions International 100th anniversary project, it is expected to be completed in November.
The club built a covered lychgate at the entrance to the Geraldine Cemetery which was opened in March as part of the club’s 50th anniversary.
Tony Bourke, left, and Ross Vincent discuss the project.