Nebraska Shooting Facility on Schedule

Posted by Patrick Durkin on December 18, 2013 in Archery & Bowhunting Summit, Archery Growth, Community Archery Centers & Parks
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Nebraska is a national leader in efforts to grow archery and bowhunting. Whether it’s the National Archery in the Schools Program, innovative archery programs or this new shooting center in Lincoln, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission always engages its partners to make things happen.

Bowhunters and target archers around Lincoln, Neb., will soon be shooting in a first-class 32-lane indoor shooting facility now under construction.

That’s according to a recent article in the Lincoln Journal Star.

Mitch King, director of government relations for the Archery Trade Association (ATA), said the shooting center is a great example of proactive work by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

“Nebraska is a national leader in efforts to grow archery and bowhunting,” King said. “Whether it’s the National Archery in the Schools Program, innovative archery programs or this new shooting center in Lincoln, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission always engages its partners to make things happen.”

King said the ATA got involved early in the process by providing an architect to help Lincoln officials design the shooting center. “We arranged to have Bob Pian fly in from Arizona,” King said. “He’s very knowledgeable about range construction. We’ve used him several times to help communities design public shooting ranges.”

Read the full story below from the Nov. 18, 2013, issue of the Lincoln Star Journal by reporter Algis J. Laukaitis:

A $2 million public indoor archery, shooting range and outdoor education center at 44th and Superior streets in Lincoln is about half done and on schedule.

“The walls are up, most of the concrete has been poured, and we’re starting to see windows going in,” said Jeff Rawlinson, education manager in the communications division of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

The city of Lincoln and the commission are working together to build the indoor range, which will feature a 32-lane archery range, 10 shooting stalls with retractable targets and three classrooms. 

The indoor range will serve as the main hub for the commission’s hunter and boater education programs, Rawlinson said.
Commission staff will manage the indoor range, which will be owned by the city. It should open in April.

“It will appeal to a regional audience, mostly from eastern Nebraska, but the primary focus will be on Lincoln residents,” he said.
More people are showing interest in shooting sports and hunting, Rawlinson said. When finished, the center will be the only indoor range of its kind in Nebraska.

The indoor range will replace a city-run indoor range near 10th Street and Military Road that was torn down several years ago to make way for low-income housing.

The $2 million project includes $600,000 from the Easton Sports Development Foundations for the archery components of the indoor range, plus money from the commission's hunting permits and from federal excise taxes on guns and ammunition, according to commission deputy director Tim McCoy.

An outdoor archery range has been on the property since 2005, and the new indoor range is near the Lincoln Trap and Skeet Club.