Gypsum nets state grant for gun clubhouse construction
GYPSUM — It’s taken about two decades to build up the Gypsum Shooting Sports Park to its present condition and now, thanks to $330,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, the facility is poised for a big upgrade.
As of this week, there is no longer a clubhouse at the gun club. But that is only because the state grant is paying for construction of a newer, larger and more useful structure at the site.
“This is something we have been working on for 20 years,” said Dick Mayne of the Gypsum Gun Club.
Mayne noted that for years, the gun club has been raising money and making facility improvements. One of the glaring needs, however, was an expensive proposition. The club needed an actual clubhouse facility.
“It’s been on our recreation to-do list for a long time,” said Gypsum Town Manager Jeff Shroll. He noted the previous structure wasn’t big enough to meet the demand for hunter education classes and community groups. The new structure will.
The new 2,400-square-foot, two-story building will feature classroom space on the lower level and event space and a kitchen on the main level.
“ It’s really going to be a place where we can teach hunter education and also have space for 4-H and scouts,” said Shroll.
Mining Impact Money
The $332,433 state grant for the gun clubhouse is coming from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs Energy Impact program. Because of the gypsum mine near the community, Gypsum qualifies for the grant program. A previous award helped pay for the Gypsum Recreation Center construction. Gypsum will match 50 percent of the grant, which will result in an approximately $500,000 finished building.
Shroll noted that Gypsum isn’t the only Western Colorado community to tap into the program for a shooting sports facility. He said Palisade received a $2 million award for a multi-million project that will be one of the largest shooting sports facilities in the area.
With that said, Shroll noted that the Gypsum facility is a widely used and highly regarded shooting park for local residents. According to Mayne, the shooting range will remain open during the clubhouse construction. Range hours are 8 a.m. to 30 minutes after dusk, seven days a week. The daily fee is $5 and an annual membership is $150.
The new clubhouse is slated for completion by June 1.