The event will kick off with comments by Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen, First District, and OC Parks Director Stacy Blackwood. Supervisor Nguyen will take the opening arrow shot and high-level archers will perform trick shots. Children will provide a shooting demonstration with assistance from OC Parks Rangers, and there will be open shooting on the range after the presentation. Refreshments will be served before and after the program.
Mile Square Regional Park has been home to the only archery range at an Orange County park since the early 1970s. The former archery range included 12 targets in an open field with a small safety berm behind the targets. The 6.71-acre redesigned range features 24 in-line shooting stations beneath a continuous metal shade canopy with 24 targets, bow racks, tables for servicing bows, perimeter fencing, north orientation and a 20-foot safety berm. The new range will be the largest in Orange County.
The new archery range was designed in consideration of public input and archery dynamics. Much of the dirt used to construct the safety berm came from the nearby Haster Basin Project, in which OC Public Works is relocating a portion of a flood-control outlet to add space for an open field and improve upon the existing park with increased recreation opportunities.