Get Into It! Archery For Your City or County Park and Recreation Department
The ATA is sponsoring an off-site institute, “Archery for Everyone and Everywhere” at the National Recreation and Park Association’s 2010 Congress and Exposition in Minneapolis, Oct. 29. The institute is a national event and ATA members are encouraged to rustle up their local Parks and Recreation Departments and introduce them to this opportunity, an introduction that could potentially lead to archery opportunities in your communities.
Off-Site Institute #11: Archery for Everyone and Everywhere
An in-depth review of all that archery has to offer, from programs that get kids and families outdoors, to facility development and using bowhunting to manage deer. Archery is an inclusive sport with participants ranging in age and athletic skill. Plus, it can take place anywhere, indoors and out, and in any park space from small to large. Institute participants will visit three archery ranges. The Staring Lake Park archery range in Eden Prairie is uniquely designed for safety and utilizes a small space within the park. The archery range at Carver Park Reserve in Victoria, which opened in 2009, is a mid-size range designed with the entire family in mind. We will end at the most extensive archery range at Bunker Hills Regional Park in Andover, which includes three walking courses, a target range, broadhead shooting area and indoor facility. We will follow our morning tours with lunch and an optional discussion on urban deer management in parks. In addition, there will be an opportunity to shoot several pieces of beginning archery equipment (recurve, compound and crossbow). During the tours and after lunch, discussion will involve a variety of archery programs to suit all audiences, including adaptive archery for people with special needs.
Did You Know?
The ATA estimates that in 2004, the average shop size was 4,000 square feet with 1,600 square feet of retail and 2,000 square feet of shooting range.