Summer 2020 eyed for The Ranges at Oakfield opening

Photo provided by Thomas County governmentWorkers erect a pole at The Ranges at Oakfield. 

THOMASVILLE — Completion of The Ranges at Oakfield, Thomas County government's shooting range, is expected in summer 2020.

Construction began a year ago at the 75-acre facility at 245 County Farm Road.

"We're around 60 percent complete," said Jay Knight, Thomas County public works construction supervisor and shooting range project manager.

Thomas County received a $1.2 million grant for the facility. Grant funding is from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Commission, distributed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Thomas County provided $300,000 cash and $300,000 in in-kind services.

"We got a amendment to our grant of $345,000," Knight said. 

Thomas County requested more funding for seating, landscaping and security fencing.

One of 19 grant-funded shooting ranges in Georgia, Thomas County's is the only one that will be operated by local government. Others are operated by the state, Knight said.

The range will employ two full-time people and some part-time personnel.

Large old, oak trees at the site have been preserved. Timber was harvested from 11 acres of the tract.

The facility will provide:

• A 100-yard rifle range

• 25-yard pistol range

• Two trap/skeet fields

• A 5-stand field

• Static and 3-D archery ranges

Knight said a five-acre pond will be restored for fishing recreation.

"It will be a place for all gun enthusiasts," he said.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820 

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