The Crossville Shooting Sports Park, located just north of I-40 on Albert Frye Road, will open August 1, 2019 with a ribbon cutting ceremony held at 2 p.m. A joint effort between the TWRA and the Crossville Shooting Sports Park, a nonprofit organization promoting shooting sports for all ages, this park consists of over 150 acres. The park includes two 13-station sporting clay ranges designed by Promatic, five skeet and trap combo ranges, a European bunker trap that meets Olympic standards, archery, pistol, and rifle ranges. The park includes an 11,000 square foot facility for events and classes such as a Hunter Education Class taking place on opening day.
Captain Matt Clarey, TWRA Hunter Education and Boating Safety Coordinator, shared, “This park is a reflection of hard work and partnerships. We’re grateful to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for allocating funding and for those that invested time and leadership, including former Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Jim Bledsoe and former Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey. Many volunteers and partners have also donated their time. We’re similarly grateful for the City of Crossville’s involvement, including the donation of land.”
The park, governed by an eight person board, has already drawn national attention. Carey Garrison, the International Shooting Sport Federation World Champion, practices at the park. Garrison’s team won the junior women’s team world championship recently in Italy. Garrison also recently won the junior Olympics gold medal and the junior national silver medal in Colorado. Despite use of such prestigious athletes, the park will be open to the general public. Summer hours of operation include Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. More information can be found on the Crossville Shooting Sports Park Facebook page.