by Greta Yeoman
Geraldine is set to get an “unique” covered picnic area as part of a Lions project, one of its creators says.
Geraldine Lions Club president Dave Mackenzie said the installation of the picnic shelter in a corner of Todd Park was to mark the 100th anniversary celebrations of the worldwide Lions movement.
The club had been working on the project for about a year, ahead of the important anniversary this year.
The project was expected to cost about $21,000, but he estimated the price would have been more than $30,000 without the donation of time and skills by members of the community.
He singled out the support given by architect Jess Paterson and engineer Andrew Chapman, who had both helped with the design process.
The design had been created by a Geraldine Lions Club member and was based on a bridge which had once backed on to the reserve, he said.
Rock pillars and an old bridge beam would add a point of difference.
The project funds totalled about $5200, including the remaining proceeds from the sale of the Orari Bridge Hall, which amounted to just under $2850.
The remaining cost would be covered by Lions fundraising events and activities, he said.
The Orari Bridge Hall funds had been distributed by the Geraldine Community Board, which had been “very supportive” of the project, Mr Mackenzie said.
He hoped that construction would begin by early August.