Decatur Announces New Archery Park at Point Mallard Park

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Heat or not, if you like being outside, there’s a new Archery Park in Decatur you might want to check out.

It’s in the shade of the trees out at Point Mallard Park.

Community and state leaders held a ribbon cutting for it on Thursday afternoon.

Fans of archery say it hit the mark on what they need to work on their aim.

“This is the third time I’ve been out here,” said John Mark Lee, a ten-year-old.

Lee worked on his aim, as city leaders celebrated the grand opening of the park.

“Part of the area we live in, there’s a lot of bow-hunting going on,” said Decatur Mayor Don Stanford.

Stanford says the new $100,000 facility came from a collaborative effort of the city, state and federal government.

It’s open and free to anyone, although officials encourage users to have a license or permit to shoot with a bow.

“We’ll come down here every so often and shoot and i just love it,” said Lee.  “It’s lots of fun.”

And there are programs available for kids like John Mark to learn the most important things about archery.

“The kids get instructions on how to shoot, when to shoot, what to look for before you shoot,” said Stanford.

“I think that it’s fun!” said Lee.

The Archery Park has 40 targets and includes a target walking course.

City officials hope to hold tournaments there.

Decatur City School leaders say they’re considering creating an archery team, and making changes to curriculum choices to include archery.