By Jack Rodzik
Bath-DeWitt Connection staff writer
BATH, Mich. – Safer and more accessible, Rose Lake State Wildlife Area’s pistol and rifle range will reopen Oct. 13.
The Range, located at 14500 Peacock Road, is undergoing a few changes to make the state park more suitable to those who are disabled. New revisions of the American Disabilities Act require the park to make necessary changes to accommodate the disabled.
The park is currently closed to due construction and will re-open on Oct. 13, 2011 in compliance with the ADA requirements. The once rubber-matted walkway to the targets from the shooting area is now going to be a wheelchair-friendly cement path, and any structure that requires handrails will now have handrails installed.
“The phase one for the short pistol range is being completed right now. We extended the range a little bit and added 40 more feet for future five stations at a 10-yard range,” said Fire and Safety Officer Alex Koptyev of the Department of Natural Resources. “We had some work done on the archery range, extending it to 70 yards and working on making it handicap accessible as well.”
On top of the improvements made for the ADA, the park has also extended their archery range from 40 yards to 70 yards and moved back the eyebrow of the pistol range, which used to catch ricocheted bullets.
Funding comes from a few organizations including the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act and the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, making this park free to use.
Rose Lake State Wildlife Area Shooting range features archery, trap, handgun, and rifle stations. When the park reopens it will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday. The trap and archery ranges are still open on Saturdays and Sundays at this time. The shooting range is free to use and shooters must provide their own eye and ear protection as well as their own ammunition and targets.
Fire and Safety Officer Supervisor Aiden McLearon said there are signs posted and emails sent out to the public so make it aware of the current changes going on, yet some people are still unaware of the construction.