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ATA’s Archery Park Guide: Use It!

Public archery facilities – like community parks – offer great places to practice shooting bows and arrows and, in turn, might also help increase participation of archers and bowhunters nationwide.
Photo Credit: City of Coweta

Author: Cassie Scott

Are you interested in creating a community archery park or updating your archery range? If so, we have the plan.

The Archery Trade Association’s Archery Park Guide is packed with tips, recommendations and case studies for building archery parks. These recreational facilities provide a great place for clubs, groups, families, individuals and school classes to shoot any form of archery they choose.

The best part? The guide can be used for free by city, county or state park-and-recreation agencies, as well as ATA members!

Download the 41-page Archery Park Guide to get started. It teaches you how to build an attractive, fully functional archery park, and includes information on costs (where available), park amenities and risk management.

Since its creation in 2012, the Archery Park Guide has helped cities, counties and states provide communities with safe, accessible archery facilities. In addition, many pro-shop owners use the guide to create well-rounded archery ranges in or near their store. They can also share the guide with their community and pass it along to state or county officials for their use.

Here’s how to use it!

The ATA’s 41-page Archery Park Guide offers several range design elements to consider, including topography, access recommendations, shooting lanes, distance markers and more. When planning a facility, consider all activities you want to include, and ensure it will be accessible to the community. Photo: ATA

First, the guide poses several FAQs to get you thinking about which amenities and features the facility should include. It even helps determine if your community can support an archery park.

Second, the guide offers several range design elements to consider, including topography, access recommendations, shooting lanes, distance markers, etc. When planning a facility, consider all activities you want to include, and ensure it will be accessible to the community. Research shows that easy access is vital. Construction drawings are also available by contacting the ATA at info@archerytrade.org.

Third, the guide outlines specific shooting locations, such as a beginner area, target area and bowhunting area. This section also discusses how to safely shoot crossbows and broadheads on the range.

Fourth, the guide reviews operational procedures for staff, ordinances, insurance, marketing, and hours and fees. It also suggests websites that help create archery parks. All these things require careful consideration and execution.

Fifth, the guide highlights seven case studies to review and compare. It includes input from those who have already built parks, and provides tips and recommendations that will help when building yours.

Sixth, Page 40 in the guide includes a sample budget sheet for an archery park. Print and complete this page to help estimate the facility’s costs.

The ATA’s Archery Park Guide highlights seven case studies to review and compare. It includes input from those who have already built parks – like Demopolis Sports-Plex (above) – and provides tips and recommendations that will help when building yours. Photo: Demopolis Sports-Plex

Although archery facilities offer good places to practice shooting bows and arrows, they might also help increase participation of archers and bowhunters nationwide, which is good for retailers and the industry.

Even if you’ve had only fleeting thoughts about adding an archery park to your community, this is the perfect place to start. To learn more, contact the ATA at (866) 266-2776 or info@archerytrade.org.

After completing the project, browse ATA’s website for articles on how to enhance your archery range for bowhunting scenarios, or tips to make indoor archery ranges safe and fun!

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