Lincoln Community Archery Park Now Open

Alabama’s seventh community archery park opened on September 11 in Lincoln, Ala. The facility includes an eight-target adult range from 15 to 50 yards, an eight-target youth range of five to 20 yards, a four-target range of 10 to 40 yards with a 15-foot platform and a 16-target walking course. The archery facility is located in the Lincoln Park Sports Complex at 1586 Holly Hills Rd., Lincoln, Ala., 35096.
 
The Lincoln archery park joins six others currently in operation including Athens, Cullman, Dothan, Demopolis, Decatur and Heflin. Two more are under construction in Ozark and Tuscaloosa. These facilities are one component of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) effort to increase awareness and participation in the life skill of archery.
 
The park will be open year-round during daylight hours for recreational shooting, competitive tournaments and outdoor educational programming. Day use of the park is free for those under 16 years of age or over 65 years of age. Alabamians ages 16 to 64 must have a Hunting license, Wildlife Management Area license, or Wildlife Heritage license in order to shoot. For non-residents, an annual Wildlife Management Area license or non-resident hunting license is required. Licenses are available from various local retailers or online at www.outdooralabama.com.
 
Lincoln’s Parks and Recreation Department will be offering archery classes at the park in the spring of 2013. To register, contact Lincoln archery instructor Sue Jones at 205-763-3013.
 
The Lincoln Community Archery Park was made possible by the following sponsors: ADCNR’s Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Archery Trade Association and the City of Lincoln. 
 
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions:  Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.  To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.
 
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Photo: The recently opened Lincoln Community Archery Park offers a variety of shooting distances for the beginner and seasoned archer.