Wis. city bans archery in Archery Park
- Wis. city bans archery in Archery Park
Sat Oct 20, 2:03 PM ET
The city's Archery Park may need a name change. How about No-Archery Park?
Tom Draper was surprised recently when he found a sign that cited a
city ordinance prohibiting bows and arrows.
"Several archers that I've talked to are kind of in disbelief," Draper
said, who along with his bowhunting friends have practiced archery at
the park for more than 20 years.
The park is next to the Eau Claire River, and the city had developed
earthen berms and even an archery tower for deer hunters to practice
shooting from a platform.
Wooded hillsides helped provide barriers to arrows flying out of the
park, but it wasn't enough, Parks Superintendent Phil Johnson said.
The park was closed to archery in September after a neighbor
complained of finding an arrow in his yard, Johnson said. It was the
latest of several similar complaints from neighbors over 15 years or
more, he said.
"Everybody's been most gracious about it up to this point, but the
person has a legitimate concern," Johnson said.
Draper said he would like the city to appoint a committee of
neighbors, archers and city representatives to review the situation.