WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - Wetumpka welcomed the state's 15th community archery park Wednesday.
The Wetumpka Archery Park, which is located in the Wetumpka Sports Complex, will be open year-round for recreational shooting, competitive tournaments, and outdoor educational programming.
According to Outdoor Alabama, the facility features a 10-target adult range from 15 to 20 yards, a four-target youth range of five to 15 yards and an elevated platform with targets from 10 to 40 yards which will provide bowhunters an opportunity to simulate hunting conditions.
Use of the archery park is free for those under 16-years-old of age or over 65. Alabamians ages 16 to 64 must have a hunting license, Wildlife Management Area (WMA) license, or Wildlife Heritage license to use the range.
For non-residents, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says an annual WMA license or non-resident hunting license is required. Licenses are available from various local retailers or online at this website. outdooralabama.com
"I am excited to open the 15th community archery park," said Chris Blankenship, ADCNR Commissioner. "These parks provide a great opportunity for youth and adults to learn the sport of archery and to hone their skills in a safe and structured environment. Anything that gets people outside for recreation is great for Alabama."
Along with Wetumpka, archery parks are currently in operation throughout the state including Athens, Cullman, Dothan, Demopolis, Decatur, Elba, Foley, Heflin, Huntsville, Lincoln, Tuscaloosa, Ozark, and in Oak Mountain and Wind Creek state parks.