From Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
-- Alabama's first community archery park officially opened yesterday in Athens, Ala., with a ceremonial "first shot" by Athens Mayor Dan Williams.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) partnered with the Archery Trade Association through the Community Archery Program (CAP) and the City of Athens to construct the new Athens Archery Park.
The park is open to individuals, families, groups, school students, clubs and organizations to enjoy archery.
The new state-of-the-art facility is equipped with four youth targets (5-20 yards), eight adult targets (15-50 yards) and a 12-foot elevated platform with 3-D and Olympic style targets available for bowhunters to simulate hunting or shooting from a treestand.
A simulated ground blind will also be available for bowhunters to practice shooting from a kneeling or seated position. The park will be open to the public during daylight hours.
"We are extremely appreciative of everyone who made this new archery park possible, including the Career/Technical Education students from Limestone County Area Vocational Technical School who assisted in building the target frames for the new archery park as part of their curriculum," said WFF Director Corky Pugh.
"Not only will the facility be used by the public, but in the future, students in the Athens City and Limestone County School Systems who enroll in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) will also benefit in having an outdoor practice facility."
The construction of four additional CAP archery parks is planned in other areas of the state in the near future.
The facility can be used for permitted archery tournaments and instruction. The Athens Parks and Recreation Department Staff will receive training to become certified to teach archery that will be offered as part of their Instructional Sports Programs.