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Alabama archery park expands facilities

From the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

-- The Cullman Community Archery Park will soon have a new 1,500 square foot pavilion complete with restrooms thanks to Archery Trade Association and an Easton Sports Development Foundation grant.

The new pavilion, which is currently under construction, will be completed by the end of March. It will provide shade and shelter for archers using the park on a day to day basis and during tournament activities.

A smaller gazebo-style pavilion at the start of the walk-through-range and playground equipment is also slated to be installed later this year. The gazebo is planned for completion on May 1 and will be built by Cullman Parks and Recreation, Cullman Home Builders Association, Heritage Archery Club, and Cullman High School Building Construction classes. The expansion of the Cullman facilities highlights the rise of archery as a recreational activity that can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of physical ability.

According to Stuart Goldsby, Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Hunter Education Coordinator for North Alabama, the Cullman Community Archery Park is continuing to gain popularity because of the commitment of the project’s partners including: Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), the City of Cullman Parks and Recreation, the Archery Trade Association, and the Easton Sports Development Foundation.

“The Cullman City and County governments, area schools, local clubs, and retailers in the archery industry have worked together to help this concept come alive,” Goldsby said. “All the partners involved in this project understand that archery not only promotes beneficial life skills, but that it is also a very safe and fun family-oriented sport.”

To accommodate public interest in the sport, archery lessons, local amateur youth tournaments, and Junior Olympic Archery Division (JOAD) archery programs are now offered at the park.

Other scheduled events include various Heritage Archery Club tournaments and a statewide National Archery in the Schools tournament on March 10 -11, hosted by Good Hope High School in Cullman Co. The Good Hope High School tournament offers schools participating in the WFF-sponsored program to qualify for the state tournament on April 22 at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center. For more information about classes and tournaments visit the park website at  www.cullmancityarchery.com.

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