The archery range at Mile Square Park may soon be getting a $2.5-million makeover that would bring it up to international standards.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors is scheduled Tuesday to approve an ambitious plan to upgrade the range to International Archery Federation standards and make it a regional destination for archery enthusiasts.
“The range has been in need of improvement for many years for a number of reasons, including safety, accessibility, drainage, and aesthetics,” a county staff report states.
Officials said that for the past two years they have worked with archers to devise the plan. It calls for 24 archery lanes, accessibility for people with disabilities and safety features like a mound, fences and a shade structure.
The range would also be reoriented from northwest to north, enabling an adjacent youth camping area to use an area that now is restricted.
County staff said that once the work is finished, the range will host local and state archery tournaments.
The Mile Square range, which has existed since the 1960s, is one of only two outdoor archery ranges in Orange County and “gets regular use by individual archers and youth groups,” according to the staff report. The other range is at Santiago Park in Santa Ana.
County staff have identified as potential bidders for the work Adams Mallory Construction Co. of Placentia; MSH Construction Co. (The Moss Co.) of Huntington Beach; CS Legacy Construction of Chino; Spiess Construction Co. of Santa Maria; Los Angeles Engineering of Covina; and STL Landscape of Los Angeles.
The bid opening would be on Dec. 19, with a reopening expected late next year. The staff report did not explain how the improvements would be funded.
— NICK GERDA
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