Well, folks, as you know we will have to wait until next year for the archery range to re-open. I know, let out that big disappointing sigh. However, in the meantime, I’ve talked Don Rabska, Vice President – Easton Foundations and he told me some interesting range facts and figures. Easton Foundations built the old archery range in 1983. Now, they are fully funding the construction of the new range. We owe a lot of thanks to the Easton Foundations who have supported archery in Los Angeles for the past 33 years.
The old range was only 30 meters long and 30’ wide. The LA Parks have expanded the number of ranges to 4 in all. The distances of the ranges are 10-meters, 18-meters, 30-meters and 50-meters long. All but the 10-meter range are all 38’ wide. The 10-meter range is 50’ wide creating a bigger space for beginner classes and warming up.
The LA Parks and Recreation (not to be confused with the TV show), sent me photos to share with you on the progress of the range. Hopefully, this eases some of the pain.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, again, but for all those wondering, it appears the re-opening of the Rancho Park archery range has been delayed until early 2017. The following pic, posted to the Rancho Park Facebook group, was recently taken at the range. For further questions, contact the Los Angeles Parks Foundation.
A frequent question for many Los Angeles archers and Rancho Park archery range regulars is, “Is it ready yet?”
The wait for the range to re-open is like being on a long road trip. Initially you’re excited when the trip starts but after a while you just want to know how much longer. And many LA archers want to know are we there yet, and for good reason. Construction began July 2014, so we’re going on two years without one of LA’s favorite archery ranges.
As of now, the answer to the “is it ready yet?” question is still no. That said the re-opening may be close.
The last projected opening time was Spring 2016. But, according to a Project Manager at the LA Parks Foundation, who have been getting many inquiries about the re-opening of the range, the estimated completion time has been pushed back to late Summer 2016.
So hopefully it will definitely be re-opened by Fall 2016. Until then here are some of the latest pics from the constructions site. And you can read an earlier post of ours for details on the range’s upgrades.
The Rancho Park Archery Range expansion project is scheduled to be completed by spring of 2016. Early last month, I moseyed over to the future site. When I arrived, fences we erected around the grounds and a Pétanque game was in full swing. Red steel girders were sticking straight up from the earth. They outlined the new long and short ranges. The first range appeared to be 70 meters long, the length used for Olympic competition. Additionally, there was a 20 meter range and a 10 meter beginner range. Between those rangers were two wooden framed structures cornering one another. Most likely one of these will be the future clubhouse, the other a storage facility for archery equipment.
I contacted the Los Angeles Parks Foundation for an update on the construction and according to the representative I spoke with, Rachel, they are working in collaboration with the Easton Foundation to build the new ranges. She said there will be covered rooftops to protect the ranges, and archers, from the elements, and the infamous golf balls. Additionally, when the range reopens it will be handicap accessible and there will be bathrooms on the site where the porta-potties are currently located.
For further updates, the Los Angeles Parks Foundation welcomes phone calls (310-472-1990) regarding the range construction or you can visit their website. Construction is a bit slow but progressing; construction workers have been spotted regularly working on the site. Please check our blog for future updates regarding the progress of the Rancho Park Archery Range.
For those wondering, the Rancho Park archery range is still under construction. I stopped by the construction site today to take some pics. Maybe, if things go smoothly, it may be ready by the end of summer/early fall 2015. But that’s me being optimistic.
The Rancho Park archery range is currently closed. It is currently undergoing construction to expand the number of available ranges. When the construction is done there will be four ranges, at least that’s the plan. There will be a 50, 30, 18, and 10 meter range. The 10 meter will be for classes.
Currently the facility consists of a single 30 meter range which had to accommodate archers of a variety of skill levels, frequently shooting at the same time. With the increased popularity in archery, an expansion for the facility will be welcomed.
Construction began July 28. The estimated construction time is 6 months. Odds are it may take a year. Hopefully not. During this time, the range is closed for all purposes (i.e., classes, open shooting, training, etc.).
Until the range reopens, Rancho Park archers must look elsewhere to continue there practice. The following is a list of ranges to check out. Many of these ranges also offer classes for beginners.
Woodley Park Archery (Sherman Oaks)
El Dorado Archery (Long Beach)
Pasadena Roving Archers
South Bay Archery (Rancho Palos Verdes)
Mile Square Regional Park Archery Range (Orange County)
Archery Outpost (Los Alamitos)
Hi-Tech Archery (Fullerton)
For the most up to date news on the range’s upgrade progress, check out the Rancho Park Archers Facebook group.
While it’s cool watching fictional archers in films like The Hunger Games and the TV show Arrow, it’s even better to see professional archers in action. Unfortunately, outside of the Olympics, we archery fans must get our fix by watching competitions on the Archery TV YouTube channel. Occasionally on Top Shot, the History Channel’s marksmen reality show, you may see archery included in the competition.
Thankfully, this summer the NBC Sports Network has launched a reality show devoted to Archery–Nock Out. The series first episode aired July 26th 2013.
I only discovered the show a few weeks ago due to one of Facebook’s page suggestions. Thank you, Facebook.
Nock Out is a reality show similar to Top Shot with the exception that instead of changing weapons each week, the competitors use their own bows in each competition. All of the archers are using compound bows, sorry recurve lovers. And, so far, the competitions have been field archery challenges.
Like other reality shows, the archers are divided into teams, in this case three teams. The two lowest performing teams of the week’s main competition, have to pick a person to compete in a head-to-head shoot-off to stay in the competition or go home.
As an archery fan, I must admit that the head-to-head shoot-off can be more fun to watch than the team competition. It’s a nail-biter. The stakes are high, the margin of error low and the competition’s tough. You’re wondering who’s going to blink first.
There are few sporting events in which you’ll see men and women competing together. It happens in tennis with mixed doubles but it’s pretty rare. That’s one of the cool things about Nock Out. The men and women compete as teammates and occasionally against one another–one-on-one. It shows that in archery, how well you shoot isn’t always about strength but about technique, experience and how well you compete under pressure.
The contestants are a diverse group, as far as age (18-64) and gender goes, of professional archers. One of my favorites has been 64 year old Connie Calloway. She took up archery in 1977 and turned pro in 1992. She got knocked out in a head-to-head shoot-off last week, but she’s a great example of how this sport is one you can practice for a lifetime. Then there’s the inspirational archer Matt Stutzman, the 2012 Paralympics silver medalist, who is very much giving the other archers a run for their money.
Overall, I think it’s a great show and I hope it does well enough this season to have a season two. Tune in and check it out before the season ends. The show airs Fridays at 1pm on the NBC Sports Network. Go to their site to see what channel it airs on in your area.
Check out the season’s first episode here.