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Gypsum Shooting Park hosts grand opening

GYSPUM — There weren't enough seats for everyone and the line for the food table stretched around the room.

But no one was complaining. If fact, the people assembled at the new Gypsum Shooting Park and Event Center last Saturday couldn't have been more pleased to have a large crowd congregated at the facility's grand opening. The new name accompanied the new structure.

Along with numerous rifle, pistol and shotgun turkey and bacon shoot competitions, participants in Saturday's event were treated to a free lunch prepared by the Gypsum Creek Grill. During their day of shooting and celebrating, members and guests of the Eagle Valley Rod and Gun Club had the chance to check out the new 4,800-square-foot clubhouse and thank the various entities, businesses and individuals who helped make it happen.

"I think this project began back in the 1950s and its been slowly progressing since then," said Dick Mayne, a member of the Gypsum Town Council and a representative of the gun club board.

Indeed, the facility had humble beginnings and a humble appearance for much of the past six decades. However, recent grand-writing efforts bore fruit and in October of last year, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs approved a $332,433 grant to help construct the clubhouse. The town of Gypsum provided matching funds for the project and then a number of local construction contractors donated equipment and labor to bring the project to life. During his remarks for the grand opening, Gypsum Town Council member Chris Huffman recognized the contributions of those various businesses and individuals.

"It took a team to build this and it took a big team," said Mayor Steve Carver.

Greg Winkler of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs said the state was proud to be part of the effort.

"I have never seen a project have this much support and in-kind services contributions," said Winkler. "This is your project and we are just happy we had some part in it."