The dedication ceremony of the park took place in front of the massive park club house entryway. VIP guests were in attendance for the festivities.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley literally flew in to the park for the ceremony—landing by helicopter on the 600-yard range. The Governor spoke of the new park’s ability to serve as a venue for learning how to properly use a variety of firearms.
Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers was also present during the event. “This is a great place. My son is already planning to come back,” he said. “You won't find anything like this anywhere else. This really is a world-class facility. I think that people, not only from around the country, but from around the world, will make this place a destination. With all of these lush hills—it's really a beautiful place to come.”
I was able to view just about everything the new park has to offer. From action pistol to sporting clays, this park is guaranteed to offer something for everyone in the family. The terrain is improved enough to make it easy to travel from one area of the park to another via golf cart or automobile, despite the distance between ranges. The CMP has expanded its staff to help run the new park, including former NRA high power rifle coordinator Sara Rozanski as range master.
Hundreds of competitors at the 600-yard range fired for a chance to win the limited edition M1 Garand the CMP was giving out as a prize at the One Shot Dedication Match. Whoever shot closest to target coordinates preselected by match officials would win the rifle.
The clubhouse is the icing on the cake at this facility, over 13,000 square feet of air conditioned goodness, perfect for escaping the sweltering heat during a round of high power rifle across the course on a hot summer day. Creedmoor Sports even has a pro shop in the building. Multiple screens throughout the building display live competition scores, as well as videos of the park. Except for special events, the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park will be open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.