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Neenah officials vote to turn former shooting range into public park


NEENAH, WI (WTAQ) - Kids in Neenah will eventually play in a spot where police officers once practiced their shooting skills.

The city recently voted to spend $75,000 to remove contaminated soil on 12 acres where Neenah Police had a shooting range for about 50 years.

Once the land is cleaned up, it will be given to the town of Clayton, which will turn it into a public park. That’s not expected to happen for a while.

Neenah officials have until May of 2014 to remove lead contaminants from the police bullets.

Police lieutenant Jeff Malcore said it’s a small price to pay, considering all the years that his department was able to use the site for free.

The land was recently owned by the late John and Inez Noffke. Their estate donated the site to the town of Clayton.