New roof equals new members at New Lynn Bowling Club
A new state-of-the-art $700,000 roof has seen New Lynn Bowling Club's membership double.
While most of the natural greens in Auckland were closed for winter, a new lid means the New Lynn club can stay open year round – attracting players from all over the region.
Club manager Joanne Thornber said the members role increased from 38 at the start of the year, to 68 by April.
"And we have plenty more who are planning on signing up soon, so it is an exciting time for our club," she said.
"Previously, people would have to go all the way to Pukekohe to play under a full cover like this so it services all of Auckland really."
Though New Lynn is hoping to host several collegiate tournaments going forward, the lawn bowls green is typically dominated by older players.
Thornber said the roof meant there were no cancellations and older members were under shade.
"For some of them they can't spend too long in the sun so it has been a massive benefit for everybody," she said.
Dianne Tamati, 72, has been a member of the club for 15 years and said she is loving playing at the new facility.
Tamati said she encouraged people of all ages to "pop in and give it a go" during New Lynn's winter coaching clinics, held from May 23 on Saturday mornings.
The inside of the clubrooms would also get a facelift in the coming weeks, with construction of new toilet facilities, bar and roof scheduled to begin later in May.
That project was expected to also cost about $700,000, Thornber said.
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