Sky Valley Shooting Park
Sky Valley Shooting Park is an undeveloped, county owned piece of property in east Snohomish County near the City of Sultan, just off of the Sultan Basin Road. The property is approximately 146 acres fronting on the Sultan Basin Road and surrounded by Department of Natural Resources Land. This park is intended to be developed into a multi-purpose shooting range and will be managed through a public-private or public-nonprofit partnership.
In 1986, the County’s Comprehensive Park and Recreation Plan first notes provision of a shooting facility as a long-term goal. This goal is continued in the county’s 2001 and 2007 Comprehensive Park and Recreation Plans. 1994 A feasibility study for a shooting range on several sites in the county was completed. This study indicated that the Sultan Basin site was most feasible for a shooting range. Between 1997 and 2002 an extensive public outreach process was conducted which culminated in a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in April 2002.
Snohomish County staff began working in 2002 with State DNR staff to initiate the reconveyance of the Sultan Basin Road property. The reconveyance of this site, for the purpose of a recreational shooting range, was completed in December 2011. In the fall of 2013 a consulting team was selected to develop a master plan for the shooting park site. That team is made up of local design professionals and a nationally recognized range architect, Lauren Kramer
The design process has begun to develop a master plan for the site. The master plan will lay out the desired elements of a multi-use shooting park to maximize the usage of the site while protecting environmentally sensitive area and minimizing the impact on those that live in the area.
Preliminary layouts have been developed through the input of an ad-hoc committee made up of shooting enthusiasts, environmentalists, park near neighbors and led by our design team. There has been one recent public meeting and several ad-hoc committee meetings that helped put together the list of shooting elements that are planned for the range and the design guidelines that discuss the priorities of the project. Currently, we are evaluating the wetlands on site and determining what impact they have on the preliminary site layouts.