Local Shooting Range Receives $38,000 in Grant Funds
Last week, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) announced more than $440,000 in shooting and archery range grants to 14 facilities across Colorado and the Lake County Public Shooting Range was among the recipients. The CPW grants help develop new ranges, upgrade existing ones, and greatly expanded recreational shooting opportunities, while opening up new facilities for youth education and shooting competitions.
The Lake County Shooting Range $38,000 grant will be used at the facility in Leadville and allow for shooting benches, shelters, parking, and access road.
“Colorado’s Shooting Range Grant Program is one of the largest in the country” said CPW Director, Bob Broscheid. “Almost every range awarded funding has a major youth education component to it, which is an important priority for CPW. Our safe range program represents a significant investment of agency resources into the future of recreational shooting, education and hunting in the state.”
Partners in the projects include local gun clubs, like the Leadville Rod and Gun Club, as well as county and town governments, private landowners, and federal agencies. Overall, local funding and volunteer work from project partners leverages CPW funds and covers approximately 35% of project costs.
Since 2009, the Shooting Range Grant Program has awarded more than $2.8 million to nearly 70 ranges across Colorado. Combined with local matching funds, that represents more than $4 million invested in shooting range over that time.