Summit County Government

Posted on: May 13, 2015

Major Improvements in Store for Summit County Shooting Range

The range will be closed for construction through July 2

Contacts:
Thad Noll, Assistant County Manager
970-453-3438, thadn@co.summit.co.us
Aaron Byrne, Director, SCRAP (Summit County Resource Allocation Park)
970-468-9263, aaronb@co.summit.co.us

SUMMIT COUNTY – Construction crews started work this week at the Summit County Shooting Range, where Summit County is undertaking major improvements to enhance safety, drainage and the overall user experience. The shooting range, located on Landfill Road near Keystone, will be closed for the duration of the project, estimated to be complete by July 2.

“This project is really going to take the range experience to the next level,” SCRAP Director Aaron Byrne said. “We’re so grateful to our project partners who are helping to make this happen, and we appreciate the patience of range users while construction is underway.”

The project has received $177,000 in funding from Colorado Parks and Wildlife and $30,000 from Friends of the NRA. Summit County government and the Summit Range Association will jointly provide $59,000 in materials, direct funding and volunteer time for the project. Columbine Hills Concrete will perform the construction.

Among the improvements, crews will install 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 current access is a sloped, natural surface that can be slippery or muddy in wet or snowy conditions. Concrete and pavement will be installed beneath the pistol and rifle firing positions, which will allow for easier brass collection and more stable footing while shooting.

The project includes 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. Several shooting tables will be wheelchair accessible.

Crews will conduct 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 will also install a permanent concrete vault toilet just south of the law enforcement range, eliminating the need for portable toilets.

“In a place like Summit County, where there’s such an active community of sportsmen and sportswomen, it’s important for us to offer a safe and affordable location for people to practice their shooting skills,” Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs said. “By upgrading this free amenity, we’re helping to facilitate the safe and ethical enjoyment of shooting sports.”

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.

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