Poughkeepsie… The Dutchess County Parks’ Weekend Archery program kicked off this Saturday, September 16th at Bowdoin Park’s new outdoor archery range. The range, which was completed this summer with funds received through the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) Fund, expands capacity for the popular program held every spring and fall as part of Parks’ Naturalist Programming schedule.
Dutchess County Executive William F.X. O’Neil said, “We’re excited to welcome program participants to the new outdoor archery range! For nearly two decades, this program has been a way for residents, young and old, to try the sport of archery in a safe way. We’re excited to celebrate this newest improvement at Bowdoin Park and remain committed to offering dynamic, educational, and fun programming for everyone.”
Weekend Archery has been part of the Parks Naturalist Programming for 14 years, with more than 4,000 participants over the years. Each year, registration for the popular program fills up quickly – often reaching capacity within 24 hours of sign-up opening. The new range doubles participants capacity with space for 20 people to take part per session. The range features a covered firing line and storage shed for equipment. It is located adjacent to Pavilion 4 and features an accessible sidewalk and parking area, making the program easy to access for participants of all abilities.
The new range is currently only available for use by the Naturalist Program participants. Dutchess County Parks plans for expanded public use in 2024.
For more information on Parks Naturalist Programming, including Weekend Archery and programs for school and scouting groups, call 845-298-4602 or visit DutchessNY.Gov/ParksEducation.