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S.F. Archers are “feverishly” working towards getting our Range re-opened. That reference may or may not be appropriate. But seriously, we are waiting for a response from S.F. Recreation & Parks Department to see if our “Re-Opening Protocols” plan document will be accepted as submitted.
Simultaneously, there is a core group of Board and general members spearheading the Range modifications necessary for re-opening. We are working everyday towards compliance with all the new COVID-19 guidelines for outdoor public recreation areas. We have eliminated target bales and shooting positions on the Practice Range to achieve proper Social Distancing requirements.
This Club needs to thank and acknowledge the efforts of 3 Board members that have tirelessly maintained the Archery Range property throughout the closure. Former Range Captains, Jim Long, and Mike Lew and longtime Board member and Outreach director Jack Rauch. These individuals have repeatedly mowed, weed whacked, maintained equipment and made improvements to the grounds on a daily basis. There are also ½ dozen others that have assisted when they have been available to meet at the Range and assist our core work group. In the near future we will be developing an alternate plan to our regular work party schedule. The new work party concept will be small scheduled groups with specific tasks. We also need members to take on individual work assignments based on their skill sets and availability.
The Range will be a different place upon our return. Maintaining Social Distancing will be of the utmost importance to ALL members and guests. Common areas like the Clubhouse and Arrow Shack will be closed and locked. The picnic tables and benches have been removed and secured. The garbage and recycle cans have been removed and secured. Everyone must raise their awareness of the new cautious environment we live in now and modify their behavior accordingly.
Despite that doom and gloomy report, the silver lining will be that you can again shoot your bows and arrows. We are adding 3 short range target bales to the upper Range at the NW corner. When you return to the Range, please read and comply with the new signage that will be placed at all the various Ranges.
There will be examples of these signs posted in this newsletter, on the Facebook page and on the website. We have received assistance from S.F. Rec & Parks and other clubs with the sign format and content. Please familiarize yourselves with the new guidelines for Range use.
The other big announcement is that the SFA Board has officially cancelled this year’s 1 Million Year BC shoot. That decision should be no surprise to anyone and there was no other option but to cancel. We look forward to hosting next year’s 2021 BC shoot.
There is still much to be done to re-open and get back to what will be the “new normal” at the Range. My personal goal to re-open is no later than June 1st. With that said, there are some things that are beyond our control. We are doing all we can to achieve that, so please continue to be patient and look forward to the re-opening.
Stay Safe & Healthy,
Charley Sturtevant SFA President
May 4, 2020
Despite the anticipated re-opening of Sharp Park Golf Course and the opening of Golden Gate Park’s Archery “field”, the San Francisco Archery Range is still closed.
The San Francisco Archery Range will not reopen until San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department approves SFA’s “Re-opening Protocols” and, there are changes to the Range that will bring it into compliance with the new COVID-19 protocol requirements.
SFA received official notice from representatives of S.F. Parks & Rec today (5/4/20), of the requirement to submit a “Re-opening Protocol” proposal document.
A sub-committee of the SFA Board is drafting the “Re-opening Protocols” at this time and the document will be submitted to the full SFA Board for approval this week and forwarded to the appropriate representatives of S.F. Rec & Parks. Simultaneously, there is a small team assessing necessary Range modifications and will be working to make these changes. The workforce is very limited due to current assembly restrictions.
I strongly urge all members and non-members to continue to comply with the closure signs on the entry gate and refrain from going back to the Range. If ignored, you will be jeopardizing the future of the Archery Range.
As previously stated, the health and safety of our members and guests is our first priority. We ALL want to get back to shooting our bows & arrows but there are some very important and necessary hoops we have to jump through first.
Thank you for your continued understanding and support,
Charley Sturtevant, 2020 SFA President
The San Francisco Archers Range is closed until further notice due to COVID-19. Please read the SFA President’s message here.
SFA operates under the authority of San Francisco Recreation & Parks as well as the City of San Francisco. We are closed until we receive permission to resume operations.
PLEASE DO NOT ignore the closures signs on the entry gate.
PLEASE DO NOT go to the range to shoot your bows & arrows.
We want you to stay safe & healthy, AND we want to be able to continue operating the range long into the future. We will see you when we re-open the range.