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Does Howard County Need an Archery Range?

Weigh in on the project at a hearing or online.

Archery target (Credit: Kevin Keeler, San Ramon Patch)
Archery target (Credit: Kevin Keeler, San Ramon Patch)
The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is proposing making changes at Alpha Ridge Park that could send arrows flying.

Currently, the lower inline hockey rink at the park is underutilized, according to the parks department, which is proposing converting the space into a fenced-in, semipermanent target archery range.

"Target archery participation has grown considerably in Howard County over the past three years..." according to a proposal by the department.

With an additional archery range area, the department could introduce new target archery programs and potentially offer public drop-in range times.

There would not be any permanent structural modifications at the Marriottsville park, and the upper hockey rink would not be affected, according to the proposal.

The archery range could be installed by the fall, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The public hearing on the archery range proposal will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Recreation and Parks Headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Register to speak or submit comments online here.

Do you think Howard County needs an archery range? Tell us in the comments!
Shaka Zulu February 18, 2014 at 01:52 PM
How come you liberals are not going insane? You do not even need a license to buy one of these, aren't you going to make the same argument the these things kill people like you fools do about guns????
DAK4Blizzard February 24, 2014 at 05:31 PM
Yes, because so many people are injured by arrows around this country, let alone the murders, manslaughter, and suicides. Get out of the woods where even the wildlife aren't so intimidated by arrows and back to your NRA meeting on how guns save lives and keep the postman and census workers from taking your property.

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