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OAC working toward December opening

Modified: Monday, Aug 26th, 2013

In these Aug. 20 photos, the Outdoor Adventure Center is under construction in Brookings. The 29,530-square-foot facility, slated to open in December, will house a 75-foot pistol range and an Olympic-length archery range.Photos: Dirk Lammers/AP

-- Focus of $3.7M facility is getting kids outside

BROOKINGS (AP) The initial concept for what is now known as the Outdoor Adventure Center of South Dakota was to provide an indoor home for 4-H's growing shooting sports programs.

But once the city of Brookings provided 3.8 acres of land within Dakota Nature Park, the concept quickly blossomed into a $3.7 million year-round activity center offering not only archery and pistol shooting but fishing, kayaking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

"It totally transformed the vision, because we now had access to 135 acres in which we could use some of our 4-H curriculum," said Nancy Swanson, executive director of the South Dakota 4-H Foundation.

The 30,000-square-foot building on Brookings' south side, which is set to open in December, will feature an Olympic-size 25-meter indoor archery range and a 75-foot indoor pistol shooting range.

Between the two ranges will be 4-H Outdoor Adventure Alley, a collection of classrooms for environmental and recreational curriculum.

For the complete article see the 08-26-2013 issue.

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