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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!
robert fleisch February 19, 2014 at 12:17 PM
It's Howard County, we should have two.
Peter Edelen February 19, 2014 at 02:57 PM
It would be cool if we had a public gun range like Hap Baker in Carroll County. Shorter drive.
Remmy February 19, 2014 at 03:30 PM
Howard County is the melting pot (SMILE), high taxes, taxes on rain, and more hands in the cookie jar than there are people to pay the taxes they want to squander. Let's have 20 archery fields - The sky is the limit, keep spending (remember it is not their money - it is ours). See how quickly they would spend the money if it came from their wallets. JUST ANOTHER WAY TO SPEND OUR MONEY.

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