A NEW $122,000 shade cover is expected to improve playing conditions for Albert Bowls Club members for next summer.
On Monday the first sod was turned for the project and state government representatives from Sport and Recreation were on hand to oversee the start of work.
Albert Bowls Club Board of management chair person Errol Frank said the project had been in the pipe line for a long time and shade structure would be a great benefit to the club.
"Our application for funding has been approved after six years," Frank said.
"We are very appreciative to Sport and Rec."
Frank said the money from the Queensland Government would pay for the installation of a retractable shade structure over the green.
The retractable shade cover will span the green on stainless steel wires and was powered by seven 11/2 horsepower motors.
Frank said hot weather was responsible for reducing numbers on the green during summer and the introduction of a shade cover would cool the green and allow elderly players to play more often.
"During the hot weather November, December, January and February we lose about 400-500 participants," Frank said.
"Just because of the heat factor."
Firm Greensafe is overseeing the installation of the shade cover and it is expected to be finished by mid-April.
Frank is hoping for an influx of players to the sport and has invited everyone down to try lawn bowls on Friday afternoons from 3pm.
"We have free barefoot bowls," he said.
"Everyone is welcome to come along we even supply the bowls."