Alabama’s twelfth community archery park will hold its grand opening at 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 20, in Elba, Ala. The Elba Community Archery Park is located within Hawkins Williams Park, 300 Champ McCullough Dr., Elba, Ala., 36323. The public and media are invited to attend the grand opening ceremony. Attendees are encouraged to stay and shoot after the ceremony.
The archery park will be open year-round during daylight hours for recreational shooting, competitive tournaments and outdoor educational programming. The facility includes an eight-target adult range from 15 to 50 yards, an eight-target youth range of 5 to 20 yards and a four-target range of 10 to 40 yards. The park also features a 12-foot shooting platform for bowhunters to practice shooting from an elevated position.
Use of the archery park is free for those under 16 years of age or over 65 years of age. Alabamians ages 16 to 64 must have a hunting license, Wildlife Management Area license, or Wildlife Heritage license in order to shoot. For non-residents, an annual Wildlife Management Area license or non-resident hunting license is required. Licenses are available from various local retailers or online at outdooralabama.com.
Elba joins 11 other community archery parks currently in operation throughout the state including Athens, Cullman, Dothan, Demopolis, Decatur, Foley, Heflin, Lincoln, Tuscaloosa, Ozark and Pelham at Oak Mountain State Park. These facilities are one component of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) effort to increase awareness and participation in the life skill of archery.
The Elba archery park was made possible by the following sponsors: ADCNR’s Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, the City of Elba, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Archery Trade Association.
For more information, contact the Elba Parks and Recreation Department at (334) 897-6833.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.