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Outdoors chat: Ed Godfrey talks with Larry Bross, executive director of City Care, from H&H Shooting Sports Complex

Outdoors editor Ed Godfrey was joined on Friday's live chat by Larry Bross, executive director of City Care, from H&H Shooting Sports Complex. Here's the full transcript.
by Ed Godfrey Modified: June 6, 2014 at 5:26 pm •  Published: June 6, 2014
NewsOK Sports 11:28 a.m. Ed Godfrey: We will be getting started in a few minutes with Larry Bross, executive director of City Care, which now operates Crystal Lake in Oklahoma City. City Care has made many improvements to an inner city lake that once was basically just a dumping ground. City Care hosts summer camps for inner city kids at the lake and later this month will be having a Family Outdoor Expo.
NewsOK Sports 11:32 a.m. Ed Godfrey: First off, I would like to thank Larry for joining us today. The Family Outdoor Expo originally scheduled for this weekend has been postponed until June 21-22. Why did you decide to postpone the event?

Larry: With an 80 to 90 percent chance of rain Saturday and Sunday, we figured it was pretty much a washout like last year. Last year it rained us out so we didn't take a chance of that happening again this year.
NewsOK Sports 11:33 a.m. Ed: What are some of the activities that will be going on at the Expo in two weeks?
NewsOK Sports 11:37 a.m. Larry: We are going to have archery, volunteers from Arrowhead Archery and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will be coordinating that. The Wildlife Department will have dock fishing. There will be fly fishing instructions and fish simulators for kids. The Boy Scouts will have many things such as campfire building, a monkey bridge, Dutch oven cooking, the bird watching groups, taxidermists, ax throwing, a kayaking course on the lake. So there will be many things experience. Food will be served by the Hal Smith Restaurant Group.
NewsOK Sports 11:39 a.m. Larry: We want to introduce people to Crystal Lake and we want to further are inner city youth programs which entails getting those kids in the outdoors. Crystal Lake is 15 minutes from the inner city so it's a perfect place for those kids to experience the outdoors close to home. The kids who attend our camps have few other opportunities to do this kind of thing.
JamesRobert 11:39 a.m. Where exactly is Crystal Lake and how big is it? And how accessible?
NewsOK Sports 11:41 a.m. Larry: It's an 87-acre lake, south of I-40 on SW 15th off of McArthur. It dead ends west at the river. You get there going south on McArthur from the Interstate then west on 15th and it dead ends. It's open the public from sunup to sundown. You can reserve the lake through City Care for events. We've put $178,000 in improvements at the lake in the last two years. We have a large pavilion and restrooms and more than 100 trees we have planted.
NewsOK Sports 11:42 a.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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