It doesn’t take long to see that major changes are afoot at the City Memorial Bowls Club.
With the the surface and ditches on the top green removed, white sand previously lying beneath the carpet has been exposed.
The $2 million development will see the club add an alfresco dining area and cover over two of its four greens.
Work on the PVC membrane roof covering, equipped with lights over the two greens will commence in early February.
And Club general manager Julie Dosser said she can’t wait until May, when the project, which will allow bowls to be played both night and day, in all weather conditions, all year round, is expected to be completed.
“This is an exciting time for City Bowls with the construction of this amazing facility,” she said.
“Most clubs who have installed one roof have seen an influx of members and activity to their club. We are very fortunate to be able to provide a cover over two greens.
“This project will not only be a benefit to our members but also the wider Warrnambool community.”
With two greens still available during the work, Mrs Dosser the Saturday pennant competition has been able to continue uninterrupted.
However, Mrs Dosser said City Bowls had to forfeit its classic pairs competition, usually held in January, which would see in between 80 to 90 attendees and bring roughly $20,000 to the club.
“We hope the hit we take now will be outweighed by the benefit in the future, because we will be able to bowls throughout the winter,” she said.
Mrs Dosser said all the old surface was given to other sporting clubs around the area for a number of different purposes.
She said the block wall along Cramer Street is being removed to allow for new walls to be erected once the cover over the greens has been built. Works on the PVC membrane roof covering, equipped with lights over the two greens will commence in early February.
Alfresco works along with extensive concrete paving around the two greens and a new wall along Cramer Street, with some glass panels to allow viewing, will all be incorporated into the development.
A new carpet surface will be placed on the top green and both green will be supplied with electronic scoreboards.
“I would like to sincerely thank our amazing volunteer base who have spent countless hours in pulling up pavers and various works around the greens,” Mrs Dosser said.
“They're here every Monday doing works around the club, so we've never had a paid greens keeper, we've just relied on volunteers. There would be a dozen here working week in, week out.
“There's a lot of parts to the jigsaw to put together, but at the moment it's all fitting together quite nicely.”