Sky Valley Sportsman's Park

BE ADVISED – THIS IS NOT YET A USEABLE FACILITY

THIS PROJECT IS IN DESIGN PHASE ONLY. THE PROPERTY IS STILL CURRENTLY UNDER THE OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL OF THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT. OF NATURAL RESOURCES (DNR).

SNOHOMISH COUNTY DOES NOT CURRENTLY HAVE A RECREATIONAL SHOOTING FACILITY AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC USE. 

Don't be part of the problem!

  • Abide by DNR's signage, posted regulations and safe shooting practices.
  • Remember to pick up after yourself.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and backdrop.

Updated 1/26/24

NEWS



PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Sky Valley Sportsman's Park project is an undeveloped, Department of Natural Resources (DNR)-owned piece of property in east Snohomish County near the City of Sultan, just off of the Sultan Basin Road. The property is approximately 640 acres fronting on the Sultan Basin Road and surrounded by other DNR 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. The property is approximately 640 acres on the Sultan Basin Road and surrounded by other DNR land. The selected site will be reconveyed to Parks following the harvesting of the timber by the end of March 2024. The development of the sportsman's park will not begin until a suitable operator is identified and secured and permitting is complete.

PROJECT UPDATES

Current Status -- January 2024Work Completed
  • The County has requested the reconveyance of 640 acres of land from the WA Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
  • DNR anticipates completion of logging and reconveyance in early 2024.
  • Completion of timber harvest contract will be followed by reconveyance of the property to Snohomish County.
  • DNR’s timber sale on the property is moving forward. Sierra Pacific will start logging in 2023-2024. The logging contract will expire no later than 3/31/24.

  • Design and engineers estimate were generated by the design consultants in 2021 with input and oversight being given by an ad hoc committee composed of various shooting interests, neighbors, supporters and concerned residents.
  • The Purchasing Division published a Request for Information (RFI) to potential interested parties for aid in preparing an RFP to solicit a Managing/Operating Partner for the Sky Valley Sportsman’s Park
  • Draft Facility License Agreement has been reviewed by Snohomish County Property Officer & Parks Management in preparation for RFP process. A different style of agreement was determined to be needed.
  • An RFP for the Range Operator/Managing Partner will be advertised once the facility lease agreement wording and obligations of parties has been finalized.
  • Identify a partner through the RFP process that will eventually manage and operate the facility
  • Strategize how to fund and proceed toward permit & construction documents for the initial development of a useable shooting range for safe public use
  • After an Operating/Management partner has been identified the Master Plan will be brought to County Council for consideration of adoption.

PUBLIC OUTREACH

Upcoming Public MeetingsPast Public Meetings
  • February 8, 2024; 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Startup Event Center, 14315 366th Ave SE, Sultan, WA 98294
  • March 14, 2024; 6:30pm - 8:00pm at the Startup Event Center, 14315 366th Ave SE, Sultan, WA 98294
  • January 13, 2021 Ad Hoc Meeting 1
  • January 27, 2021 Ad Hoc Meeting 2
  • February 12, 2021 Ad Hoc Meeting 3
  • February 24, 2021 Public Meeting #1 (virtual)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Click each tab below for more information.

  1. FAQ
  2. Meeting Notes
  3. Documents
  4. Video Presentation 2/24/21

HISTORY

The County’s 1986 Comprehensive Park and Recreation Plan first notes provision of a shooting and archery facility as a long-term goal. This goal is continued in the County’s 2001 and 2007 Comprehensive Park and Recreation Plans as well as the 2015 Park and Recreation Element.


A feasibility study for a shooting and archery range on several sites in the County was completed by a consulting firm in July of 1994.  This study indicated that the Sultan Basin site was most feasible for a shooting and archery range.  Between 1997 and 2002 an extensive public outreach process was conducted which culminated in a Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in April 2002. As part of the EIS, a number of studies were completed, however due to the passage of time, conditions may have changed requiring some of these studies to be re-done. 


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 and archery range, was completed in December 2011. Since December 2011, Park Department staff has met multiple times with proponents and opponents of the proposed shooting and archery range. It is clear there is strong support and vocal opposition to the development of a public sportsman's park. 


Proceeding with the goal of developing a sportsman's park, a team led by Bruce Dees and Associates, L.L.C. was selected through a Request for Qualifications process (RFQ No. 10-13) to develop a master plan for the site that lays out the desired elements of a multi-use shooting park to maximize the usage of the site while protecting environmentally sensitive area and leaving appropriate buffers to reduce sound impacts on the surrounding properties. The RFQ was issued July 29, 2013 and two teams of consultants responded.  The Statements of Qualifications were evaluated by a committee of three people and the team of Bruce Dees and Associates, L.L.C. was selected on September 5, 2013 as the best team for this project. The selection was approved by the Snohomish County Purchasing Department. 


In the early stages of design, during the Critical Area Study, a very large and high-quality wetland was evaluated in the middle of the property which effectively made the selected site unsuitable for a shooting range. Contracted design work was halted while Parks worked with DNR to select a different parcel. The contract time ran out before a replacement parcel could be identified. In late 2019, Parks and DNR identified a new parcel, across the road from the original one, and has verified that this property is much more suited for use as a shooting range. The selected site will be reconveyed to Parks following the harvesting of the timber in 2024. Snohomish County Purchasing Department determined that the original RFQ is still valid for this project as the scope has remained effectively unchanged. 


The cost of design and planning services for this master plan project, originally contracted at $287,778.00, was revised to fall within the park’s then-current budget of $204,555.00. The design of the master plan is now completed. The engineer's estimate for a completely built out and non-value engineered "premium model" sportsman's park is listed at $47M as of June 2021. The actual price is expected to be far less. Development of the shooting park is expected to require several phases of construction over several years as funding is acquired and accumulated via user fees.


The management and operation of a shooting and archery facility is not a core competency of the Snohomish County Parks & Recreation Division. Therefore, the county shall be soliciting a management and operating partner via the request for proposal (RFP) process. Parks is currently preparing the documents for advertising this process. Any individuals or organizations interested in entering into a public/private partnership to operate the shooting facility are encouraged to contact us via the contact links below.