The official ground breaking ceremony for the new shooting range and outdoor education center was held on May 26. The event kicked off phase II, the construction of the range.
MDC Director Robert L. Ziehmer attended the event, along with Conservation Commissioners Marilynn J. Bradford, David W. Murphy, and James T. Blair. Also present were Conservation Commissioners Emeriti Don Johnson and Steve Bradford. Ziehmer and the commissioners performed a ceremonial groundbreaking to officially begin construction.
When completed next year, shooters can look forward to a 20-position, 100-yard shooting range and a 15-position, 50-yard range for both rifle and pistol shooting. It will also offer five trap/skeet overlay ranges with electronic controls, and two shotgun patterning ranges. There will be a dedicated education building on the premises with a 60-person classroom to host educational programs. Handicap-accessible booths, improved lighting, sound reduction guards, full lead containment measures, and public restrooms headline a host of other improvements that will offer visitors a premier shooting experience.
We’ve re-positioned the two webcams on the site to better monitor the construction. If you’d like to view the progress of the new range in real time, go to http://short.mdc.mo.gov/Zk2 . The easy-to-navigate control panel allows viewers to choose between the two cameras, zoom in and scroll around the image, enlarge to fill the screen, and even change the date and time of the images displayed. There’s also a “time lapse” feature that allows playback showing progression of the site over time.
As the new range takes shape, the cameras should offer plenty to see.