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Re-Opening Pushed to 2017

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.

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Range Park Archery Range Opening Delayed

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.

Rancho Park Archery Range Expansion Update: Target date – Spring 2016

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.

 

Rancho Park Range Upgrade Still In Progress

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.

Rancho Park Archery Range Closed for Upgrade

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.

Outdoor Ranges

Woodley Park Archery (Sherman Oaks)
http://www.woodleyparkarchers.com

El Dorado Archery (Long Beach)
http://www.eldoradoarchers.com

Pasadena Roving Archers
http://www.rovingarchers.com

South Bay Archery (Rancho Palos Verdes)
http://www.southbayarchery.net

Mile Square Regional Park Archery Range (Orange County)
http://ocparks.com/parks/mile/archery_range

Indoor Ranges

Archery Outpost (Los Alamitos)
http://www.archeryoutpost.net

Hi-Tech Archery (Fullerton)
http://www.htarchery.com

For the most up to date news on the range’s upgrade progress, check out the Rancho Park Archers Facebook group.

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