When planning an archery facility, ensure the range or park is in an area that makes archery as accessible to the community as baseball, soccer and other recreational sports.
Also consider the most common hunting scenarios for the surrounding region and re-create those scenarios for archers who will use the park. Besides avid bowhunters and recreational archers, also cater to Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, and church, home-school and other youth-oriented groups.
Housing an indoor archery range within a gym or multi-purpose room could generate additional income. Or build an archery park to accommodate tournaments and act as a tourism draw, as the Decatur Community Archery Park in Decatur, Ala., is doing.
“Our department’s goal is to build world-class venues in Decatur so we can bring in tournaments and visitors who will stay in our hotels, eat at our restaurants and shop in our stores,” said Tom Chappell, assistant director of Decatur Parks and Recreation. “Promoting tourism is a big reason for building the archery park, but we also wanted a top-notch park for our citizens to enjoy.”
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