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.