By Mick Jensen
An early Christmas present is on the cards for players at Allenton Bowling Club with a brand spanking new green set to go down soon.
Last week contractors began ripping up and trucking out 90 cubic metres of aggregated shingle and soil, the top 5cm of ground beneath the club’s front green.
The old “carpet” from the green has mostly been sold off for weed mat or garage floor covering.
Plinth board around the edge of the 35m square metre playing area will also be replaced and the ground prepared for new woven polypropylene carpet.
The carpet will come in 4.58m widths and will sit on top of durable underlay.
The seam will run north to south and, like domestic carpet, it will be stretched to fit true and snug.
Future competitive matches on the green would be played east to west and social games north to south, said Allenton Sports Club president David Hickman.
The green project was a big and expensive undertaking and $215,000 was budgeted for the job, he said.
The old green had reached the end of its life after 15 years and needed to be replaced, he said.
As well as wear and tear from play, the biggest factor affecting the life of the green was UV from the sun.
“We treat the green against UV, spray it for moss probably twice a year and vacuum it when required.
“In many ways fitting the green and maintaining it is not too dissimilar to what happens with a carpet at home,” said Mr Hickman
The sports club owns and maintains the two hectare complex in Cavendish Street, which is home to bowls, croquet and tennis clubs.
Funds for the green upgrade have so far come from Allenton Sports Club ($20,000), Allenton Bowling Club ($10,000), Community Trust of Mid & South Canterbury ($40,000), Lion Foundation ($50,000) and the New Zealand Racing Board ($15,000). An application is pending with the Lotteries Grants Board Community Facilities Fund.
David Hickman said the club was hopeful of having the new green open debt free.
“This project is going to take another couple of weeks to complete, but luckily we have a second green we can use.”