Pro­tec­tion for out­door din­ers

South Canterbury Herald - - OUT & ABOUT - ES­THER ASHBY-COVENTRY

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.

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