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Parklands Bowling Club has a excellent record of improving club facilities. These improvements benefit our members, non-members who come to try bowls and local organisations that hire our hall for functions.

Some of the work is contracted, but much is achieved by our members who have the necessary skills.  Money is found from various sources, including members donations, donations from other sports clubs for help with their events, raffles, commercial sponsorship and corporate bowls events.  In addition we are grateful for the support of a number of Trusts.

Our largest projects for some time were the rebuild of our Bowling Greens, both of which suffered in the Earthquakes, and were both re-built.  The photos below are a record of the amazing work by Andrew Bowden 'Barney' (Green Supervisor), Bob Rhodes (Greenkeeper) and many other members of the club. 

Green 1 Re-build

The re-build method is by using strong pre-formed concrete pieces in an upside down T shape. This results in an ability to provide very strong foundations and may be the first time this construction method has been used for a bowls green. Many thanks are due to Paul Mathers and his team for building these units.

Please browse the photographs below:-

Parklands Bowling Club - The novel pre-cast sectionsThe shape of the new pre-cast sections allows for the later addition of hardwood facing to some of the surfaces.

Parklands Bowling Club - The old concrete is removedThe old broken concrete ditch surrounds are removed.

Parklands Bowling Club - Digging a wider ditchDigging a wider ditch for the foundations for the pre-cast surrounds.

Parklands Bowling Club - Hardcore and crusher dustHardcore and crusher dust is installed.

Parklands Bowling Club - Compacting the foundation levelCompacting the foundation level.

Parklands Bowling Club - Installing the pre-formed concrete sectionsUsing a forklift to install the pre-formed concrete.

Parklands Bowling Club - Leveling the new sectionsLeveling the pre-cast sections using the Lazer level.

Parklands Bowling Club - The concrete surrounds almost completedThe concrete sides of Green 1 are almost complete.

Parklands Bowling Club - Cutting the top off Green 1Bob cuts the top off Green 1 with a turf cutter.

Parklands Bowling Club - Starting the back-fillThe cuttings become the main back-fill for the green surrounds.

Parklands Bowling Club - Digging top soilDigging the soil for the back-fill.

Parklands Bowling Club - Topping the back-fill with soilPlacing, compacting and raking the back-fill to the green surrounds

Parklands Bowling Club - Concrete cuttingCutting the last section of the pre-cast green surrounds to fit.

Parklands Bowling Club - Making plinth boardsMaurice and Graham make the hardwood plinth boards.

Parklands Bowling Club - Installing plinth boardsBarney and Bob drill the concrete surrounds and bolt on the plinths.  The underside of the wood is packed with thin wood shims to a level decided by lazer.

Parklands Bowling Club - Plinth boards finishedAll plinth boards bolted into place ready for the green to be graded.

Parklands Bowling Club - Using the rotary hoeUsing a rotary hoe to prepare the old surface of Green 1.

Parklands Bowling Club - Lazer controlled levellingLeveling the green using a lazer controlled blade, (the lazer unit is in the foreground).

Parklands Bowling Club - Drying the earth with a HelicopterThe earth is damp so a helicopter is used to dry it using the downdraft from the rotating blades.

Parklands Bowling Club - Collecting seed from green 2Bob and Barney collect the seed from Green 2 for storage in a cool dry location.  It will be used to spray seed green 1.

Parklands Bowling Club - Removing high points on the greenBarney and Bob check the green for high points.  These are nail raked and levelled by hand to finish the leveling process.

Parklands Bowling Club - Spray seeding green 1Spray seeding Green 1 in September 2012, using the seed recovered from Green 2.  The spray is a mixture of water and wood fibre that retains water and promotes germination. 

Parklands Bowling Club - Installing the top railBarney and Bob install the hardwood top rail to the bank.

Parklands Bowling Club - Green 1 gets a Mud BathBob, Barney and Bill give the new Green 1 a "Mud Bath" to promote growth of the "weed" surface.

Parklands Bowling Club - Working on the Banks of Green 1Members work on the banks of Green 1 to get them ready for Grass spray seeding.

Parklands Bowling Club - Putting stones into the ditchThe last push.  Members install stones in the ditch ready for the re-opening of Green 1.

Parklands Bowling Club - Barney gets ready for Opening Green 1Barney cuts and rolls Green 1, which is now open for bowling. 

Green 2 Re-build

Preparation work began on Green 2 in May 2011, and despite large aftershocks, the Green was ready for play in September 2012.

Photographs of the re-build of our Green 2 are presented below:-

Parklands Bowling Club - Heavy Machinery on Green 2The work on Green 2 starts with heavy machinery.

Parklands Bowling Club - Early Grading of Green 2Early grading using a lazer controlled blade.

Parklands Bowling Club - Lazer Levelling in progressLazer control allows an accuracy of around 5mm across the green.

Parklands Bowling Club - Green 2 support pegsPegs inserted for the internal ditch wood.

Parklands Bowling Club - Sieve the top soilPat, Ralph and Graham sieve the soil to top dress Green 2.

Parklands Bowling Club - Graham & Reg make the surroundsGraham and Reg make the wood surrounds to the green.

Parklands Bowling Club - Ensuring the ditch dimensions are correct.Ensuring the ditches are to the correct dimensions.

Parklands Bowling Club - Bob starts the final levelling of Green 2Bob starts the final grading of Green 2.

Parklands Bowling Club - Installing the weed control matInstalling the weed controll mat in Green 2.

Parklands Bowling Club - Washing the gravelWashing the stones for the ditch.

Parklands Bowling Club - Placing the gravelPlacing the last of the stones in the ditch.

Parklands Bowling Club - Green 2 patch seededGreen 2 is patch seeded with aqua seed to enable bowling this season.

Projects from Previous Years

A group of members constructed a large viewing deck outside the club house. The deck is off high quality construction and should last the club for many years.

The New Deck at Parklands Bowling Club

Photo - The new deck.  Many members donated the cost of the furniture

The members also constructed a concrete apron to number one green, under a recently provided shade sail.  New seating and grass surrounds were then installed to give a good finish.

New seats and shade sales at Parklands Bowling Club

Photo - The new seats, new shade sales, new concrete and grass surrounds; a job well done.

A double mesh wind break was constructed around both greens. This improves the bowling experience in an Easterly wind, especially for those new to the sport.

The windbreak fence at Parklands Bowling Club

Photo - The double mesh windbreak is especially useful to new bowlers.

Three large heat pumps were installed in the club house for winter heating. These have enabled the club house to be used and hired in the winter months.  At the same time the club power board was upgraded.

The irrigation scheme to both greens was extended and improved so that the playing surface can be kept in good condition in all weathers.

Finding the Parklands Irrigation Pipes

Photo - Finding the existing irrigation pipes was a problem.

Laying new pipes at Parklands Bowling Club

Photo - Laying new pipes under number 2 green.

A small section of spare land at the club was placed under lock and key so that it could be offered to individuals and organisations as a convenient outdoor storage facility. A charge is raised that goes towards future improvements.

The club's Kitchens have also been upgraded, such that they have been approved by the Council for use by commercial caterers. This will be of benefit to the clubs members and anybody who hires the club facilities.

The Club has a business plan and a number of future improvements are intended. These include the sealing of the clinker car park, the use of which is shared with other local organisations including the School, the Kindy and visitors to the adjoining reserve.