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Construction set to start on Olympic facility - PA

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  1. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

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    Construction set to start on Olympic shooting facility

    BY JUSTIN STRAWSER - STAFF WRITER


    - The News Item, a member of Times-Shamrock Communications -

    DALMATIA — Monday will be a significant day in lower Northumberland County when a ground-breaking ceremony marks the official start of construction of an Olympic-caliber shotgun shooting facility.

    Those training for the Olympics — and the public — will have access to the Keystone Shooting Park (KSP), which will be constructed at Martz’s Game Farm and Martz’s Gap View Hunting Preserve, a few miles west of Route 225 between Mandata and Pillow in Lower Mahanoy Township.

    Chubb International Shooting Sports Inc., based in Elizabethville and whose president, Allen B. Chubb, is an internationally accomplished shooter himself, has leased 15 acres from Martz to construct the facility, which will be the first fully automated key-card-accessible range in the world, with unlimited daily availability to athletes and patrons.

    “I think it’s a great thing,” said Mike Martz, a general partner at Martz’s, who said the shooting range will put his facility “on the map.”

    For hunting and shooting enthusiasts, Martz is already “on the map,” attracting thousands throughout the year to its rolling fields and woods. But the Olympic facility is a whole new opportunity.

    ‘Positive impact’

    The complex will be an Olympic-style shotgun sports facility that will train both current and future Olympic athletes in the shotgun sports of trap, double trap and skeet.

    As a dedicated international shotgun sports range, it will be the first of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region, according to Chubb International.

    Chubb expects the facility will have a significant positive economic impact in the mid-state region, which will “gain a tremendous amount of pride from the fact that they will have an Olympic training facility in the immediate area, and that athletes from across the nation and the world will frequent and train there,” the company promoted in an announcement about the facility.

    “Given the impact in the community and the Olympics as a whole, we’re very excited about it,” Chubb added in an interview on Friday.

    He has another facility in New Tripoli, built in 1989, and has been involved in shooting for more than 30 years.

    “It’s a sport I have a lot of passion for,” he said.

    Phase I by fall

    KSP will be constructed in phases, with Phase I comprising an Olympic trap and double trap range as well as two helice rings (also used for artificial target shooting) and a club house. The club house will house the corporate offices, classrooms, locker room, trophy room and athlete lounge. Phase I is expected to be operational by the fall, with both training and competitions commencing at that time.

    Phase II will follow in subsequent years with another Olympic trap and skeet range as well as two additional helice rings.

    Since it is operated on a key-card system, patrons can train at a time and frequency that meets their schedules, Chubb said.

    Olympic shooting athletes and enthusiasts from all over the United States will have the opportunity to train in an inhabited and constructive environment at a range complex that will offer readiness 365 days a year.

    Monday’s ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m.
     
  2. FRedmon

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    How is all of this going to be funded in these "trying" economic times??

    FRedmon
     
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