Mile Square Regional Park has been home to the only archery range at an Orange County park since the early 1970s. OC Parks invites the public to the grand reopening event for the redesigned archery range on Saturday, November 23 from 10am-11am. High-level archers will perform trick shots. Children will provide a shooting demonstration with assistance from OC Parks Rangers, and there will be open shooting on the range after the presentation. Refreshments will be served before the program at 9am.
The former archery range included 12 targets in an open field with a small safety berm behind the targets. The 6.71-acre redesigned range features 24 in-line shooting stations beneath a continuous metal shade canopy with 24 targets, bow racks, tables for servicing bows, perimeter fencing, north orientation and a 20-foot safety berm. The new range will be the largest in Orange County.
The new archery range was designed in consideration of public input and archery dynamics. Much of the dirt used to construct the safety berm came from the nearby Haster Basin Project, in which OC Public Works is relocating a portion of a flood-control outlet to add space for an open field and improve upon the existing park with increased recreation opportunities.
El Dorado East Regional Park in Long Beach right near Los Alamitos also has an archery range.
Interested in Archery as a Junior Olympic sport for your child? JOAD is the resource for you! Their website describes JOAD as: “Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) is a program of USA Archery that teaches archery to young people, provides great opportunities for awarding achievement, and helps archers to enjoy the sport recreationally or progress to the excitement of competition!”
Renderings courtesy of OCParks.com