Three Rivers Park: A Minnesota Case Study
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources hosted an archery summit in August, which was attended by the ATA’s government relations director, Mitch King. The ATA was also represented by ATA members John Larsen of Bwana Archery and Marty Stubstad of Archery Headquarters.
The meeting considered progress and strategy in the state’s commitment to archery and bowhunting recruitment. It also put a spotlight on Minnesota’s Three River Park District, revealing a great example of how a park district can provide pathways to archery and bowhunting. The park makes an excellent case study for other states to follow.
“The district has put together a really good combination of archery programs and ranges,” said King. “Now the park is moving forward with mentored hunting opportunities on park properties. This is good stuff and we’d like to see it duplicated across the state.”
A standout piece of Three River’s strategy is rooted in its relationship with Edina, a nearby city. The ATA advocates partnerships with cities and their park-and-recreation departments through its community archery strategy.
“The city advertises park camps through their parks and recreation brochure,” said Michelle Doerr, the ATA’s director of archery and bowhunting programs. “Like the other programs the city offers, the kids are dropped off at a central location and then bused to the location — in this case the archery range — for the day and then bussed back in time for parents to pick them up.”
The ATA believes park-and-recreation departments bring unmatched convenience, credibility and familiarity in their communities. Already a neighborhood hub, families are familiar with their city’s park-and-recreation departments. The ideal outcome is that families interested in archery can go to those city parks and enjoy archery shooting with coaching and supervision provided by the parks-and-recreation departments.
Three River Park District Notables
Did You Know?
The ATA was founded in 1953 under the name of the Archery Manufacturers and Dealers Association (AMADA).