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Archery range proposed for Carbondale park

John Colson
Post Independent
Aspen, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE – Area archery buffs – including fans of “The Hunger Games” book and movie – want a local place of their own to practice their sport.

They will present a proposal to the Carbondale Board of Trustees at the regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday for an archery range in a corner of the town-owned Delaney Nature Park property.

Bow-and-arrow enthusiasts Dan Richardson, Ants Cullwick and Tyler Stableford have asked for permission to set up an archery range at the southern tip of the Delaney property, a nature park located in the river-bottom area east of town.

If approved, the range would use the steep slope at the southwest edge of nature park as a backdrop for targets.

It would be modeled on the city of Aspen’s archery range at Cozy Point Ranch, according to documents on file at Carbondale Town Hall.

“Archery is booming throughout the U.S.,” states a memorandum from the three to Jeff Jackel, recreation director, and Larry Ballenger, public works director.

“We share this enthusiasm, as do many people in and around Carbondale,” the memo continues.

As evidence of the growing interest in the sport, the trustees’ meeting packet for Tuesday contains a copy of a recent Denver Post article about the boost archery has experienced due to the popularity of the book and movie “The Hunger Games.”

“I just thought it was an interesting tidbit of information for the trustees to see,” said Jackel, who put the clipping in the packet.

“The Hunger Games” story revolves around a young heroine, Katniss Everdeen, who uses her archery prowess to dominate the games, a violent competition that pits children and teens against one another in a government-sponsored fight to the death.

Since the book was published in 2008, and the movie catapulted onto the big screen earlier this year, archery-related businesses have posted remarkable gains in participation and profits, according to articles in numerous publications around the country.

Richardson, one of the proponents of the archery range, described himself as a “rookie bow hunter;” Cullwick has been hunting for several years. Stableford could not be reached for comment.

Cullwick said he was not certain of the number of locals who might want to try archery out, but said “a surprisingly large number” of people he knows are hopeful the new range wins approval from the trustees.

The town’s parks and recreation commission on June 13 recommended approval, according to minutes of the meeting, as have both Jackel and Ballenger.

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