The Town of Chino Valley and the Prescott Sportsmen's Club will co-host the grand opening of the Chino Valley Shooting Facility Saturday.
The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. with a ribbon cutting, followed by remarks from several speakers including Secretary of State Ken Bennett, U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, Arizona Rep. Karen Fann, Yavapai County Supervisor Craig Brown, and Mayor Chris Marley.
Representatives form the National Rifle Association and the Arizona Game and Fish Department also will be on hand for the dedication.
The opening will include the dedication of a 911 monument and several shooting demonstrations, including black powder shooting, cowboy action demonstrations, and cowboy mounted shooting.
Free shooting will be available from noon to 4 p.m. A lunch will be provided as a fundraiser for the club's Junior High Power Team.
Cindy Ksenzulak, president of the Prescott Sportsmen's Club, said that while her group has been anxiously looking forward to the grand opening, the normal three to five year time line for opening a range of this size was shortened quite a bit for the CVSF.
"This has actually been fast, we were able to do this in about a year and a half," Ksenzulak said. "Since the land was already owned by the town of Chino Valley, we didn't have to go through the process we would have had it been owned by BLM or the Forest Service. There's a much longer process when dealing on the Federal level."
Ksenzulak, who will be Master of Ceremonies for the opening, said the CVSF has the potential to be an economic boost for the town.
"We see the Chino Valley Shooting Facility to be a great place for Phoenicians, people from Tucson, and all over the state to come up and shoot, get out of the heat in the summer, and enjoy Chino Valley, eating in Chino Valley restaurants and shopping in Chino Valley stores," said Ksenzulak. "This could be a wonderful, positive economic situation for everybody."
Ksenzulak said her club will be holding various shooting matches both at the CVSF and their Prescott location located at 2751 N. Granite Basin Road, but in the near future, the Chino Valley location will be the club's main range.
"What's really important is that we'll have somewhere locally to shoot since the Prescott location needs to close down by Dec. 31, 2014," Ksenzulak said. The Granite Basin site operates under a special use permit granted by the U.S. Forest Service, which will expire at the end of 2014.
"After more than 50 years they decided not to renew our permit, and it's very important that people have a safe environment to shoot. If not, people go out into the forest on their own, they don't know who's out there and that's when accidents happen," Ksenzulak said.
The Chino Valley range will be open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ksenzulak said as participation grows, the club hopes to open during the week as well.
Non-member fees will be $10 per day, with individual membership rates starting at $75 annually, $90 for a family membership.
The Chino Valley Police Department has been using the site for firearms qualifications for some time, but Chief Chuck Wynn said opening the range to the public and other law enforcement agencies will be a nice benefit for the area.
"In addition to the range, we're opening a 360 tactical range," said Wynn. "This will give us and other agencies an area for tactical and scenario based training. We'll be able to drive vehicles in there, put up storefronts and windows. This will be a multi-use range, great for all types of training, including SWAT and sniper exercises."
The range is located near Old Home Manor, about two miles east of Highway 89 on Perkinsville Road. Visit www.prescottsportsmensclub.com for information on all club activities and www.cvsf.us for information specific to the Chino Valley location.