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Palm Beach Shooting Sports Target Range

What’s going on with the building of the Palm Beach Shooting Sports Target Range? We’re going to find out!

Back in 2017, we learned about the plans for a public shooting range in Palm Beach County to be called Palm Beach County Shooting Sports park. This park was being built by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Palm Beach County.

Since then, it has received backing from the the South Florida Water Management District, the National Rifle Association, and Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.

The 150 acre site for the range is located at the north end of Seminole Pratt Whitney Road, near the entrance to the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area. According to the FWC, it will feature the following:

6-position 300-yard rifle range
20-position 200-yard rifle range
20-position 100-yard rifle range
42-position 25/50-meter rifle/handgun range
30-position 10-meter/50-foot handgun range
Automated 14-station sporting clays course
Automated 5-stand sporting clays field
9 automated skeet fields
6 automated American trap fields
5 automated International (Olympic) trap fields

But as of this writing, it’s early 2019 and despite lots of building progress, the range is still not open. We’ll be following the progress closely and posting updates and photos here.

In the meantime, there’s Markham Park Target Range to the south in Sunrise and Okeechobee Shooting Sports to the north.

Sept 9, 2019 Brian O’Connor Named as Range General Manager

FWC has named Brian O’Connor as the range General Manager. Still no firm date on opening. From their release: “The FWC plans to open the 100-yard rifle and handgun ranges to the public for weekend use as soon as construction of the water plant is completed and a certificate of occupancy is obtained for the buildings.”

June 23, 2019 NEW PHOTOS from the range

CLICK HERE to see the latest photos of the Palm Beach Shooting Sports Park from Sunday, June 23, 2019.

June 10, 2019 article from the Sun Sentinel says “by the end of the year”

This article states the latest delay is due to the potable water plant. How long will this range be kept closed by these seemingly endless string of delays?

The March 28, 2019 update from the FWC was as follows:

Contractors are making headway on two buildings at the Palm Beach County Shooting Sports Park. Drywall work is complete in the administrative building and underway in the restroom. The next building construction phase will include work on the ceiling, flooring, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and finalizing the plumbing. In addition, permits were secured to construct the trap and skeet fields and the 200- and 300-yard shooting lines and overhead baffling. A timeline for completing the rifle and handgun ranges will be available in May. When finished, this state-of-the-art facility will safely support the needs of hunters, hunter safety students, and target shooters. The park, one of the largest shooting sports facilities in Florida, will meet growing demand for target shooting opportunities with five rifle and handgun ranges; five Olympic trap fields; six American trap fields; nine skeet fields; and a 14-station sporting clays course. This project is supported by funding from the Wildlife Restoration program, which brings funding to Florida from the sporting arms and archery industries and the people of Florida who participate in those activities. Additional support and funding for the Palm Beach County Shooting Sports Park are provided by Palm Beach County, National Rifle Association, Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, and South Florida Water Management District. The facility is located at Seminole Pratt Whitney Road – toward the main entrance to J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area and Everglades Youth Conservation Center Camp.

Shooting range phase 1

Phase 1

Shooting range phase 2

Phase 2

Shooting range phase 3

Phase 3