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The Geraldine Lions Club picnic shelter is expected to be open to the public by Christmas, club chairman Dave Mackenzie says.

The shelter at Todd Park, to the north of Geraldine, was created by a Geraldine Lions Club member based on a bridge which once backed on to the reserve.

The project was funded by $2850 from the sale of the Orari Bridge Hall, supplemented by Lions Club fundraising efforts, Mr Mackenzie told The Courierearlier this year.

It was created to mark the 100th anniversary celebrations of the worldwide Lions movement this year.

Mr Mackenzie said the roof lining was expected to be completed this week, with work on the base and installation of the picnic tables being done in the coming weeks.

He expected it to be open to the public by Christmas.

The shelter would eventually be surrounded by grass, but for summer the club would put down bark chips before sowing grass seed in the autumn when the area was used less.

The project was expected to cost about $21,000 and was “on budget”, Mr Mackenzie said.

There had been a positive response from the community towards the project, he said.

The Geraldine Lions Club had also been marshalling for a variety of community events, including last week’s Geraldine Arts and Plants festival.