Gov. Laura Kelly speaks with Tuttle Creek State Park and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leadership Tuesday morning. (courtesy photo)
Gov. Kelly and officials from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Tuttle Creek State Park and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as State Rep. Bill Bloom (front row, far right) cut the ribbon on the re-opened Fancy Creek shooting range. (courtesy photo)

State officials cut the ribbon Tuesday to formally celebrate the grand re-opening of Fancy Creek Shooting Range at Tuttle Creek State Park.

Demolition and construction of the range began in July 2021, with the range officially re-opening to the public last month. Fancy Creek now boasts concrete baffles, sidewalls and firing line covers consisting of a 14-position, 100-yard rifle range, a 12-position 50-meter handgun and rifle range and two 15-position, 15-yard handgun ranges.

The shooting range is open the first and third Saturdays of each month and is staffed by two NRA certified officers.

Tuesday’s ribbon cutting included remarks from Gov. Laura Kelly, who noted the range will continue to “promote a culture of gun safety and responsibility.”

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Secretary Brad Loveless also commended state parks staff, engineers and contractors as well as the range volunteers for their roles in helping update and maintain the facility.

“Fancy Creek Shooting Range will provide a valuable location for beginners to learn the fundamentals of firearms and range safety, and seasoned shooters are sure to appreciate this state-of-the-art facility,” he said.