Rick Wadrop is delighted with the new shade area at Albert Bowls Club.
Rick Wadrop is delighted with the new shade area at Albert Bowls Club. Renee Pilcher

Cool bowling on the green

SUMMERTIME at Albert Bowls Club will be running cool from now on, with the long-awaited establishment of their over-green shade structure.

The giant structure covers the span of the bowling green and unfolds and retracts automatically, with the turn of a key activating seven motors that run thick shadecloth above the green.

Albert Bowls Club has been waiting about four years for the structure to be approved.

The structure is the result of a grant from the Queensland Government Department of Sport and Recreation so the club can help people keep active through sport.

The much-appreciated grant was approved earlier this year and the remaining funding for it came from money saved by the club.

Albert Bowls Club president Errol Frank said the structure would provide them and the wider community with a great service, especially during summertime.

Many elderly bowlers are impacted by the intense summer heat on the bowling green, however the new shade structure will provide a cooler and protected day of bowls.

"The structure will encourage more people to take an active part in bowls through the months of November, December, January and February when the weather becomes too hot and people are no longer able to play," Frank said.

Players said they noticed a drop in temperature on the green when the shade structure was pulled out for the first time last week.

It also prevents the setting afternoon sun from glaring in the face of keen-eyed bowlers.

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