Donate to the Spring Run Shooting Range renovation

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Fundraising is underway for a renovation of the Spring Run Shooting Range east of Spirit Lake.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Dickinson County Conservation Board have partnered to renovate the public shooting range at the Spring Run Complex in Spirit Lake.

The $64,000 project, located at 1776 272nd Ave. in Spirit Lake, will include a variety of improvements. The current schematic for the renovation includes the removal of the cement shooting tubes and the addition of an archery range.

The public area will also feature a trap shooting range with three throwing areas and three distance ranges at 25 yards, 100 yards and 200 yards for handgun and rifle shooters.

Live security cameras will be installed to help eliminate misuse of the range and trash buildup at the site, and shooting benches as well as a shade structure will also be erected for the comfort of shooters.

“The Spring Run Shooting Complex was built in the 1970s and has served the people of Dickinson County for over 30 years with limited upgrades,” said Lee Sorenson, executive director of Dickinson County Conservation. “This is an opportunity to make major upgrades to the shooting range to enhance the enjoyment of the users and to provide a safer range with added amenities.”

Construction on the project is expected to start in April 2016 with an anticipated summer completion.

So far, $45,000 has been secured for the project, and about $19,000 is still needed. The public is invited to help out with the renovation by donating funds to the Dickinson County Conservation Board. Checks may be sent to the Dickinson County Nature Center, 2279 170th St., Okoboji, IA 51355, and should have a notation in the memo line that the donation is for the Spring Run renovation.

For more information on the project or on how to donate, please call 712-336-6352

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