IDNR explores hiring concessionaire to
manage World Shooting and Recreational Complex
Public can view “Request for Information” on
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[September 12, 2014]
Illinois Department of Natural Resources is exploring the
possibility of hiring a concessionaire to operate the World Shooting
and Recreational Complex (WSRC) near Sparta. The Department has
posted a Request for Information (RFI) at:
http://tinyurl.com/SpartaRFI. The purpose of issuing the RFI is to
seek ideas to shape a business plan that will allow the complex to
achieve its full potential. The RFI is the precursor to a formal
Request for a Proposal which asks potential vendors to submit bids.
“Our staff has done a great job bringing the World Shooting and
Recreational Complex to this point, but we are ready to take it to
the next level,” said IDNR Director Marc Miller. “We feel that a
vendor with specific skills in operating and marketing a shooting
complex will help us provide the maximum benefit for shooters, the
local community and the state of Illinois.”
The WSRC is the home of the Amateur Trapshooting Association’s Grand
American Trapshooting Championships. The facility has the longest
trap line in the world with 120 trap field extending over 3.5 miles.
The Complex also offers skeet, sporting clays and cowboy action
shooting. The WSRC generates about $25 million in local economic
State sites operated by concessionaires remain in state ownership.
Starved Rock Lodge at Starved Rock State Park near Utica is a
prominent example of a concessionaire operating within a state park.
In addition to operating the lodge, the concessionaire provides
marketing for the site and hosts a full schedule of events in all
seasons of the year. Other sites with concessionaires include lodges
at Pere Marquette State Park, Giant City State Park and Illinois
Beach State Park.
[Text received; ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT
OF NATURAL RESOURCES]