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20120413-MSTC-Range-PicMISSION — Fencing to separate the Mission Nature Park from the land leased to the Mission Skeet & Trap Club was approved at Monday’s Mission City Council meeting.

An estimated 90.9 acres of land out of the Mission Nature Trails area will be fenced for the exclusive use of the Mission Skeet & Trap Club. A King Ranch-style fence will be installed around the perimeter of the Mission Skeet & Trap Club.

“The major reason for the fencing is to clearly define the boundaries set forth in the agreement between the Mission Bike Club and the Mission Skeet & Trap Club so that no one ventures into an area that is dangerous and gets hurt,” said Parks and Recreation Department Director Julian Gonzalez.

 

A total of 9,315 feet of fence will be installed. The City of Mission will contribute $7,000 for materials, $700 for gates and $8,966 for labor to build the fence. The Mission Skeet & Trap Club, which leases the land from the city, is responsible for $3,833 of the cost.


A controversy over the park started after the Mission City Council, on Aug. 9, 2010, approved expansion of the area used by the Skeet Club, which had been set at 38 acres previously.

The 2010 approval came after members of the Mission Bike Club said they had been given permission to develop trails by an unnamed member of the Parks and Recreation Department. They reported spending an estimated 500 hours developing complex trails that attracted many riders to the park. The bicycle trails in the park were competition eligible because there were over six miles of trails.

The conflict intensified when City Manager Julio Cerda said the Bike Club did not have the council’s permission to develop the trails. He was unaware of the existence of the trails.

The club countered with a charge that City Attorney David Guerra said a memorandum of understanding was not needed.

The original agreement in 2010 would have given the Mission Skeet & Trap Club access to the entire 112-acre trail area, to the exclusion of all others. The club had plans to expand the shooting range and to add an archery range.

Both groups filed lawsuits, but the matter was eventually settled out of court with the property being divided so that both clubs could use the property.

According to the final settlement dated Nov. 9, 2011 the Mission Skeet & Trap Club was awarded 99.7 acres in the center of the 112 acres. The remainder of the property, primarily located behind the Mission Skeet & Trap Club, will continue to be used as a hike and bike area.

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