Opelika Community Archery Park is now open

A Grand Opening Ceremony was held at Alabama’s newest Community Archery Park in Opelika on Wednesday, November 9, 2022. The Opelika Community Archery Park is open to the public year-round. year round during the day for recreational shooting, competitive tournaments and outdoor educational programs. The Archery Park is located at Spring Villa Park, 1474 Lee Road 148, in Opelika, Alabama.

The archery park includes a covered shooting shelter with targets from 15 to 60 meters for adults and 5 to 20 meters for youngsters. The range also features an elevated platform that gives bowhunters the ability to simulate hunting conditions in the trees.

“My son participated in the archery in schools program,” Chris Blankenship, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), said during the opening ceremony. “It was a great opportunity for him to get to know the other kids and participate in a team sport. It was an important part of his high school education and I know it will be good for everyone in this field to have a facility like this to practice in. I want to thank our staff for their vision to build facilities like this across the state, and I’m thrilled that Opelika has the newest.

Use of the archery park is free for those under 16 or over 65. Alabamians between the ages of 16 and 64 must have a hunting license, fishing license, wildlife management area (WMA) permit, or wildlife heritage permit to use the range. For non-residents, a WMA annual license or non-resident hunting license is required. Licenses are available from various local retailers or online at www.outdooralabama.com.

“There are a lot of things that make Opelika unique and special and this will be one of those things,” said Gary Fuller, Mayor of Opelika. “It’s a great example of partnerships and people working together to improve the community. By working together, we can do more than individually. We’re glad everyone is here today and we hope you enjoy this new facility.

The Opelika Community Archery Park was made possible through a partnership between the City of Opelika, Opelika Parks and Recreation, the Archery Trade Association and the Division of ADCNR’s Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Act, with funding for the project provided through the sale of licenses and the accompanying Pittman-Robertson Act at the federal level. funding.

Opelika joins 19 other community archery parks currently operating across the state. These facilities are a component of the ADCNR’s efforts to increase awareness and participation in the life skill of archery. For more information on the state’s newest community archery park, visit www.outdooralabama.com/archery-parks/opelika-community-archery-park.

For more information on Spring Villa Park, visit www.opelika-al.gov/623/Spring-Villa-Park.

The ADCNR promotes the wise stewardship, management, and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, National Parks, and Freshwater Wildlife and Fisheries. Learn more at www.outdooralabama.com.

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Earnest A. Martinez