BARABOO, Wis. (AP) — Final inspections are taking place this weekend at an old munitions complex in Sauk County that’s the site of a new state recreation area.
The Capital Times reports the Saturday inspection is being done by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and about 200 soldiers from a Madison-based regiment of the Wisconsin Army National Guard.
The Sauk Prairie Recreation Area takes up nearly half of the 7,350-acre site of the Badger Army Ammunition Plant, which was decommissioned years ago. The Ho-Chunk Nation and the Dairy Forage Research Center also own parts of the former munitions site.
The recreation area is set to open to public later this year.
Mark Aquino of the Department of Natural Resources says the inspection will “provide an extra level of assurance” nothing was missed in 10 years of cleanup and demolition work.
“This is above and beyond our normal and routine cleanup practices,” Aquino said.
Soldiers will check out the recreation area’s grounds, roads and fencing. They’ll be training in two of their primary tasks: reconnaissance and route clearance.
“It’s a great opportunity for our soldiers to test the military skills on which we train all year, and to conduct training that will serve the public and ultimately benefit the people of Wisconsin,” regiment commander Lt. Col. Jeffrey Alston said.