The Town of Oro Valley will be getting an archery range at Naranja Park, following unanimous approval from the Town Council at a recent meeting.

In July, the council directed staff to work with local archery advocates, interested stakeholders and the Arizona Game and Fish Department to develop a proposal for creating an archery course at Naranja Park.

During the Jan. 4 meeting, the council made it official, approving an intergovernmental agreement between the Town of Oro Valley and the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.

The IGA is for funding, technical assistance, training and related services.

According to information provided by Robert Carmona, of the parks and recreation library, the fiscal impact to the town would be about $10,000.

According to the breakdown, Carmona said the archery addition would require an additional four hours per week of staff time, which is estimated at about $5,200 per year.

Administrative costs are estimated at $4,160 annually.

In revenues, Carmona estimated the town would receive about $9,500 annually. This estimate includes the expectation that there will be 150 annual pass holders, and 400 daily pass users.

“This does not take into consideration revenue from tournaments, or the economic impact of the users,” Carmona said in the executive summary.

The proposed archery project will include one fixed course and two walk-around courses.

The two-acre fixed-range archery course is to be located just east of the south entrance to Naranja Park. The fixed range will consist of a 10-target fixed distance, ranging between 10 meters to 100 meters.

The first of the two National Field Archery Association certified walk-around courses is proposed on 35 acres in the southwest corner of the park. The walking course will not interfere with established walking trails.

The second walk-around course will be located on 20 acres on the southeast corner of the park.

Carmona said there is a demand for the park, estimating more than 25 youth archery programs schools throughout Oro Valley. He estimated that 4,500 students participate in the programs, but have few options for training.

It is also estimated that the state’s Game and Fish Department receives more than 6,000 applications per year for bow hunting in Southern Arizona.

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