September 18, 2003
WORLD SHOOTING COMPLEX PROPERTY ACQUIRED; A/E
FIRM SELECTED TO DEVELOP MASTER MANAGEMENT PLAN
Ill. – The Department of Natural Resources has taken possession of
1,179 acres of land in southwest Illinois near Sparta in Randolph
County, site of the proposed World Shooting Complex and has hired a
private company to develop a plan for the site.
The property was
acquired for $1.8 million from a subsidiary of Peabody Energy, the
world’s largest coal company.
continuing to move ahead on the World Shooting Complex – a facility
that we believe will be an important tourism component in Southern
Illinois and bring millions of dollars to the local and state
economy," said IDNR Director Joel Brunsvold.
consulting team to develop the master plan has been selected and a
master plan is expected to be completed early in 2004. Cochran &
Wilken, Inc., of Springfield will develop the plan, along with several
consultants the company is contracting with. The firm of consulting
engineers and scientists, has provided services to the state of
Illinois for nearly 20 years.
Illinois is one of two states in the running to attract the Ohio-based
Amateur Trapshooting Association and its major shooting event, the
"Grand National". The ATA is the governing body for the sport of
American-style trapshooting and has more than 100,000 members in the
U.S., Canada and other countries. The organization is expected to
reach a decision by next spring. In addition the National Sporting
Clays Association and the National Skeet Shooting Association have
committed to bring major events to the site.
been working on this project for the last few years and we are very
committed to making it happen," Brunsvold said.
addition to the shooting facilities the property is intended to
attract major camping and other similar rendevous groups to Illinois.
development is expected to be phased in over several years, with much
of the funding coming from private investment. The city of Sparta, a
key partner in the project, is assisting with sewer and water hook-ups
on the property.