More than a month later, the facilities remain closed and no re-opening date has been announced. An ODNR official did not respond to inquiries in time for the filing of this story.
According to a discussion on the shooting range’s Facebook page, a firearms enthusiast reported that he was informed the facility would be reopened this month.
The 842-acre property contains ranges for a variety of shooting activities, including long- and short-distances for firing pistols, rifles, shotguns and archery practice.
Among the planned improvements is a new entrance closer to Roxanna-New Burlington Road and better overall grading to improve access to the range areas. A new range master building is also part of the plans with restrooms and enhanced safety and security features.
A second phase of the project includes constructing a new education building.
A writer for the Buckeye Firearms Association was granted a tour of the construction site in August.
Brett Beatty, ODNR District 5 wildlife management supervisor, told the BFA there have been “some minor unanticipated issues” but the contractor, Xenia-based R Sutherland Construction, “has managed to stay on schedule.”
The Spring Valley Twp. site is the most-used among public shooting ranges across the state, with up to 30,000 people signing in annually to use the pistol and rifle ranges, according to officials.
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