The long awaited Tioga Sports Park opening is about to happen! Yes, at last, after years of anticipation, the Park is very close of opening our 100 yard shooting range for public use.
As a newly elected Tioga Board member, I would like to bring you up to date and ask, fervently, for your help.
This Thursday, June 5 at 4pm at the Coos County Courthouse, Room 121, 250 N. Baxter, Coquille, OR there will be a meeting of the Tioga Sports Park Board and the PUBLIC with the Coos County Board of Commissioners. The purpose of this meeting is to secure Economic Development Funds to supplement the Grant Monies obtained to date.
It is extremely important that we have a huge supportive effort shown by YOU, the supporters of the Tioga Sports Park, to show the Commissioners that we have waited long enough for this range and we want and need this for our community.
There is a lot of history on the difficulties of Tioga opening which you'll be able to read about in the near future of the new website. But, right now, we have been granted significant monies from the Friends of the NRA and the Pittman-Richardson Grants and with the previously promised financial support of the Commissioners with Economic Development Funds we will be able to open with a 100 yard rifle range. Plans for expansion of that rifle range out to 600 yards and a pistol range will follow.
Right now, we need everyone to show up to this meeting and make sure that the Commissioners understand that we are serious about obtaining additional promised funding from them. (Please note that Bob Main, a founder of the Park is in full support of it's opening, but John Sweet and Melissa Cribbens are not supportive). At a previous BOC meeting, after many local citizens speaking of their support and need for the Tioga Sports Park, and the Tioga Board asking for funds to finally open, Mr. Sweet and Ms. Cribbens stalled the approval of giving us these funds at the time, saying that if we could show proof of other monies that we had raised or been granted, they would grant us an 'over the top' amount to give us the money we needed to finish the initial range and corresponding services.
WE need to show up and speak up at this meeting! Tell your friends, family, even strangers....it's that important! Please get there any way you can and help hold the Commissioners accountable for their promises.
Tioga has just received our 2013 Friends of the NRA Grant and we are about to receive our Pittman-Richardson grant for 2013 and 2014 through the State as well, so we are well on our way to our Grand Opening.
Please check our new website in the coming couple weeks for further information on how you can help make Tioga a reality. Please note that the link to our website will take you to the old site right now, but bookmark it and check back for our brand new site.
Again, the meeting is:
Thursday, June 5 at 4pm at the Coos County Courthouse, Room 121, 250 N. Baxter, Coquille, OR
See you there,
Tioga Sports Park Board Member