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Archery park opens to public

A new archery park is opening a range of possibilities for outdoor recreation in the Parkland.

Farmington Parks and Recreation Director Chris Conway said the possibility of developing an archery park has been a topic of discussion of the department for a number of years.

Missouri Department of Conservation Director Sara Parker Pauley was the featured speaker at the December Farmington Regional Chamber of Commerce “Business and Community Luncheon.”

Conway said city officials were able to speak with the director, who connected Conway with Kyle Larimore, hunter education and shoot range coordinator for the conservation department.

He worked with the parks department throughout the whole process which began in February, Conway said.

According to Conway, Larimore said there would be grant money available for the city to put in an archery range if the city should choose to do a partnership with the conservation department.

Conservation officials assisted city employees with the layout plans and specifications for the project. And, through that partnership, a grant from the conservation department in the amount of $10,000 covers all the expenses incurred – including labor, equipment operation and material costs.

“It’s been really easy working with the Missouri Department of Conservation,” Conway said.

The facility is located off Pimville Road, approximately a half mile from Bray Road, at the front of city-owned property containing the yard waste disposal site.

A new sign from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows the location of the department's newest archery park. The park was built by the city of Farmington using a grant from the department. 

A new sign from the Missouri Department of Conservation shows the location of the department’s newest archery park. The park was built by the city of Farmington using a grant from the department. 

The range is a three-quarter of a mile loop, with 15 stations located within the loop. Each lane is able to accommodate shots of up to 50 yards.

Each has two shooting distances marked, with a 4 by 4 foot archery target at the end of each shooting lane.

Some the targets were made into different shapes, including turkeys and deer.

“People will see that as they travel through the archery course,” Conway said.

Further up the trail is a broadhead target area. Broadheads will not be allowed to be used along the course.

Conway said the work on the course involved a number of staff, including City Administrator Greg Beavers, Parks Foreman Kevin Ammonette, Parks Facilities Manager Bud Norman and himself.

“We all went out with our parks staff … we walked around and plotted a course out there just walking in the thick woods,” he said, “which, was a challenge.”

Other challenges came in the form of pathways washing away in April due to heavy rains. Adjustments were made to be mindful of neighboring property owners. Conway said Ammonette worked on installing drainage ditches to aid in any future incidents. And, there’s plans for an Eagle Scout project to create benches for the trail.

Conway credits Ammonette and his staff of planning out and making a course that “makes sense and is safe. It should be user-friendly for all types of users.”

On Thursday, Farmington Mayor Larry Forsythe borrowed a crossbow belonging to Ammonette to “officially” open the new course.

Farmington Mayor Larry Forsythe shows where the arrow lands on the target at the first station of the new archery range located off Pimville Road in Farmington. Also pictured is Farmington Parks Foreman Kevin Ammonette, who played a big role in designing the course.

Farmington Mayor Larry Forsythe shows where the arrow lands on the target at the first station of the new archery range located off Pimville Road in Farmington. Also pictured is Farmington Parks Foreman Kevin Ammonette, who played a big role in designing the course.

Forsythe said the new facility is a bonus for the region – now one of the more than 70 Missouri Department of Conservation shooting/archery ranges.

“It shows another thing that Farmington does for the community,” he said. “And, not just for Farmington, but for the whole area.”

Conway said the department has long been seeing interest in an archery facility from the area’s large community of archers. Now, Conway said the opportunities afforded with the new facility will be endless for archers and their partnership with the conservation department.

“[Thursday] is bittersweet,” Conway said. “It’s the end of a project, but a great opportunity for sportsmen … we’re looking forward to it.”

Farmington Mayor Larry Forsythe officially opens the new archery park in Farmington on Thursday. The range is a cooperative effort between the city and the Missouri Department of Conservation.</p><p class=

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Shawnna Robinson is the managing editor of the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-518-3628 or srobinson@farmingtonpressonline.com

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