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UPDATE - Las Vegas Shooting Park

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  1. trim tab

    trim tab Active Member

    Jul 23, 2007
    Las vegas
    Construction moving along on Clark County Shooting Park

    Construction is moving along on the public module phase of the Clark County Shooting Park, the public recreation facility being built at the tip of the northern valley and the base of the Sheep Mountains.

    Scheduled to open for use in June 2009, the park phase includes a public rifle and pistol center, the Hunter Education Center, trap and skeet fields, an archery center and the park's office, maintenance compound and host area. Roadways connecting various facilities around the 2,900-acre project site also are being developed.

    Clark County Shooting Park manager Don Turner said there's a lot of heavy digging going on now. Contri Construction is the general contractor for the project.

    "They're grading the roadways and the host area, digging flood control channels and grading out the (shooting) ranges, which is leaving a footprint for all the ranges except the archery range so far," Turner said.

    The hosting area is located near Decatur Boulevard and Moccasin Road. The access roadway will be on Decatur, one mile north of Iron Mountain Road.

    One of the most visible parts of the facility right now is the 55,000-gallon water tank about 11/2 miles north of Moccasin, which marks the northwest corner of the park.

    The public module features are only a fraction of the shooting park's master plan, which could develop in full "five, 10 or 20 years down the road," said Clark County spokeswoman Jennifer Knight.

    "The development of the public module is not that huge of an endeavor," compared to the total area of the site, she said. How and when the remainder of the park will develop will be dictated by available funding and the success and development of the first phase.

    The total price tag for the facility is estimated at $64 million. The master plan can be viewed at the park's Web site, linked to www.accessclarkcounty.com.

    Turner, who is hoping to begin hiring park staff in April, said construction is running on schedule and there is plenty of activity at the site. He's also busy fine-tuning the shooting park's marketing plan, designing a staff training system based on customer service and safety, and helping to build community awareness and anticipation.

    "We had a booth at the Chamber of Commerce business expo last week and talked to about 250 people," he said. "There is a lot of excitement."

    When construction opened in January, a group of northwest residents, centered around the Carmel Canyon and Iron Mountain neighborhoods, expressed opposition to the park's development based on potential noise issues.

    Knight said she has been handling such complaints and that the anti-shooting park movement has been curtailed significantly.

    "We certainly don't ignore (complaints) like those. We address neighbors' concerns as best we can," she said. "The goal is still to be good neighbors. Their biggest concern has been sound, and with the studies we've done and with people realizing the ranges are at least a mile up from them, I think a lot of people are more comfortable."

    The residential property line north of La Concha Drive is the closest area to the shooting park. The nearest shooting range -- not archery -- to that point is the planned trap fields, which are one mile from La Concha.

    The shooting park will be open during daytime hours. Its proposed public operation hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, with the facility closed for cleaning on Monday and Tuesday.
  2. spitter

    spitter Well-Known Member TS Supporters

    Jan 29, 1998
    Prairie State
    That's short-sighted thinking. Yes, its a shame that Carmichael is being displaced, but his time was running out regardless - how long do you think shooting would be allowed with all that development off Durango there?! Not only that, its not his property - I'm sure he had his eyes open over the years.

    But look at the bigger picture, a real partnership with government/public backed financing for a permanent shooting facility - Carmichael should pursue obtaining a concession to market and hold programming on the trap and skeet fields.

    My $0.02,

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