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The Summit County Public Shooting Range will close for noise mitigation construction on September 19th for an estimated 60-90 days.
Summit County Public Shooting Range Noise Mitigation Project Begins September 19thFacility will close for 60-90 days during initial phase of construction
SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Public Shooting Range will close for noise mitigation construction on September 19th for an estimated 60-90 days. Except for limited law enforcement training as needed, the facility will be fully closed during this time.
The range, located on property owned by Summit County Government near the county landfill, also known as the Summit County Resource Allocation Park (SCRAP), is managed by the County in cooperation with the Summit Range Association.
In the Summer of 2020, the range saw a marked increase in the use of the range, leading to a large increase in noise complaints. Working with the Summit Range Association, range users, and community members, the Board of County Commissioners contracted with Tru Horizons to install temporary noise mitigation to monitor and test its effectiveness.
In February 2022, Summit County applied for and was awarded a state grant to offset the costs for constructing a more permanent mitigation solution. The $150,000 grant, from the Shooting Range Development Grants Program of Colorado Parks & Wildlife, covers nearly half the $315,000 project estimate for construction of the shotgun canopy.
Additional project scope involves enclosing the existing pistol and rifle canopies over each of the firing lines with a proprietary sound-dampening material. The same material will also be used in a sound mitigation fence adjacent to the local law enforcement range.
“I’m looking forward to moving this mitigation strategy forward so that we can continue to provide a safe environment while balancing the concerns of some community members around noise,” said Summit County Commissioner Tamara Pogue.
Officials also advised hunters and other recreational shooters to use other ranges during this period. “We understand the urgency in getting this project completed and will do everything we can to get this work completed this year to avoid long term closures in the future,” said Aaron Byrne, Director of the SCRAP facility.
More information is available at summitrange.org