The Archery Trade Association invested $40,000 to help build Oklahoma’s first community archery park, which opened in Coweta, a suburb of Tulsa, Oct. 25.
The park will be open daylight to dark year-round for archers and bowhunters, and is free to use. Coweta schools were the first in the state to implement National Archery in the Schools, which could provide a built-in fan base for the park. More than 400 schools in Oklahoma now have NASP programs.
The archery area features youth, adult and covered ranges and an elevated shooting platform. “Tulsa World” reported that students lined up at the new archery park the day it opened to be among the first to shoot arrows. It also fits nicely in the community’s sports complex area.
"‘This fits right in and is the kind of thing we'd like to see happen in other communities ... softball, baseball fields, soccer fields, archery park,’ said Colin Berg, education and information supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.’”
The city of Coweta allocated land, prepared the site and invested more than $50,000 to complete the park.
News Page Photo: Colin Berg of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation taught Laura Neal of Tulsa’s channel 8 to shoot archery during a segment on “Good Morning, Tulsa.”