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  • New shade canopy welcomes archers at County’s Southeast Regional Archery Range

    Dec 06, 2018 | Read More News
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    Archery enthusiasts now have a new shade canopy to shoot under and seating amenities to relax on at Pima County’s Southeast Regional Park Archery Range, thanks to a $27,000 grant from the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

    The range, managed by Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation, is located at 11296 S. Harrison Road. NRPR also contributed funding for the canopy and benches.Archery range with canopy

    The facility has been closed since mid-November during construction of the canopy, which measures 160 feet by 18 feet and covers 16 shooting stations. Additional amenities include eight new benches and additional landscaping. 

    The range will reopen to the public Thursday, Dec. 13, for regular public shooting.

    The National Archery in the Schools Program will hold its State Shoot at the range Dec. 8, with setup occurring on the 7th and tear down occurring on the 9th; therefore, the range will be closed to non-participant public archery shooting. Leonard Ordway, Shooting Sports program manager, indicates that the Arizona Game and Fish Department is conducting the event with the County range being the host.  Game and Fish expects the event to draw 300 to 400 participants.

    Ordway believes the shade canopy will be a major enticement to archers who have not wanted to brave the hot sun at the range in order to enjoy the sport.

    “We’ve been averaging about 1,000 to 1,500 visitors a year,” Ordway said. “We expect that to more than double now that we can provide shade and cover from the weather elements.”

    The Southeast Regional Park Archery Range is open Thursdays through Sundays through April 30. Hours are 8 a.m.-noon Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Hours change May 1-Sept. 30. Daily fee is $3 per archer; youth under 16 may shoot for free, but must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. An annual archery range pass is $25 per calendar year.

    NRPR also operates the Southeast Regional Park Shooting Range, the Southeast Regional Clay Target Center, the Tucson Mountain Park (TMP) Rifle and Pistol Range, the TMP Archery Range and the Virgil Ellis Rifle and Pistol Range in Ajo. 

    Currently, the Tucson Mountain Park Rifle and Pistol Range is closed due to extensive monsoon storm damage, which has necessitated significant reconstruction work. Check the Shooting Sports website for updates on that closure as well as information and hours for all of the shooting ranges.