Measured distances at Papago Park
range was striped on Sunday January 26, 2003
line and three-meter line have been striped.
lines have been added at 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 and 90 meters.
are all the distances that are shot by NAA JOADs, NAA Seniors and the Grand
Canyon State Games.
double lanes were added down the middle of the range.
will allow target archers to bring their own target stand and bale to the
range for practice.
east side of the range are excelsior bales located at 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70
side of the range is in yards.
The weather was perfect! 75 degrees in January!
Included a Senior Olympic competitor
that is looking forward to increased range use. Fanning and company that just broke three arrows the day before
and wanted to help make the range a more arrow friendly place. The balance of the crew included the
Harden’s, Mitchell’s, Noblet’s, Howland’s, Brindley’s, Mark Kauffman, Saul
Ramirez and the Pian’s.
Special thanks to Ranger Frank Scherer
for coming in on his day off to sanction and lead the event. Frank brought extra rakes and shovels that
were a big help.
(Please let me know if you would like a
certificate or signature for community service hours.)
About a half of the long range area was
raked clear of rocks. Leaf rakes,
flat bottom shovels, wheel barrows and an innovative “rake rocks onto a tarp”
method proved all to be very productive.
There is now a middle section of the range
that is ideal for setting up tournament type target stands and matts for
While the majority of the crew raked,
the range was measured and reference ropes laid out. The Parks bales were returned to their
original padlocked positions with yards on the west side and meters on the
Two redwood 2x4 target stands were built
and some target flags have now been stenciled with AZ JOAD.
The trees were pruned up and the
cuttings disposed of.
The shooting line was measured to be 130
feet wide and the range is at least 100 meters deep. For tournaments, 20 FITA target bales and
a single line of 40 archers can be accommodated.
At mid-day, many stayed for BBQ hot dogs
provided by AZ JOAD. Three AZJOAD
target matts and stands were set up and we shot for an hour or so with the
club bows and arrows.
There is still
more work to be done:
Rake up and
remove more rocks.
Fix up the
bow stands. (Or build new ones)
Use a piece of
earth moving equipment for major grading.
special project survey the distances and adjusting the permanent target
anchors if necessary. This will
create more space for portable target stand use.
The work is ideal
for a Boy Scout troop or eagle scout project.
(Note that the range is tentatively available for another clean up effort on
Saturday, February 1st, 2003)
Thanks everyone for the support.
AZJOADs happily working at Papago Park under the watchful
eye of the
JOAD Coordinator. Notice
the new team uniforms. Didn’t NAA say
one vertical stripe?
By Bob Pian, AZJOAD