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Upgrades enhance safety, drainage and user experience at public range
Contacts:Thad Noll, Assistant County Manager970-453-3438, firstname.lastname@example.orgAaron Byrne, Director, SCRAP (Summit County Resource Allocation Park)970-468-9263, email@example.com
SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County, the Summit Range Association and several partner organizations celebrated the grand reopening of the Summit County Shooting Range Wednesday, unveiling major improvements that enhance safety, drainage and the overall user experience.
“We’re very fortunate to have this amenity here in Summit County,” Commissioner Thomas Davidson said. “The Summit County Shooting Range has come leaps and bounds since its beginnings, and we’re so pleased to be able to provide residents and visitors with a safe, centralized location where they can enjoy shooting sports.”
Among the new improvements, crews installed a large stairway outside the main gate, allowing range users to travel more easily and safely to and from the parking area, particularly in winter. The access was previously a sloped, natural surface that could be slippery or muddy in wet or snowy conditions. Concrete and pavement were installed beneath the pistol and rifle firing positions, allowing for easier brass collection and more stable footing while shooting.
The project included construction of covered structures above some of the rifle positions, offering protection from sun and precipitation, and giving users the choice between open or covered positions. And several shooting tables are now wheelchair accessible.
Crews conducted extensive drainage improvements and erosion control measures, including a storm drain. This work will help protect the new concrete and pavement and minimize the formation of ruts and gravel flows on natural surfaces during spring runoff and heavy rain.
Crews also installed a permanent concrete vault toilet just south of the law enforcement range, eliminating the need for portable toilets.
The project was made possible through funding support by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, which contributed $177,000, and Friends of the NRA, which contributed $30,000. The Summit Range Association provided $24,000, as well as volunteer time. Columbine Hills Concrete served as the project contractor and provided significant construction donations.
“This project has been a true community effort, and it would not have been possible without the tremendous support of all our partners,” Assistant County Manager Thad Noll said. “And we extend our sincere thanks to the Summit Range Association, which has contributed thousands of volunteer hours and demonstrated an unwavering commitment to safety.”
The Summit County Shooting Range is managed by the Summit Range Association under the supervision of Summit County. To learn more about the shooting range, or to volunteer as a range safety officer, visit www.summitrange.org.