Ronnie Silos, left, watches his son Riley, 17, shoot his Olympic style bow at what will be the new 10 lane, 70 meter SCV Archery range in Haskell Open Space in Santa Clarita on Friday, November 09, 2018. Dan Watson/The Signal

City to host ribbon-cutting for new archery range

Late last year, the city of Santa Clarita and private enterprises worked together to bring a new archery range to the area. On May 23, they plan to officially celebrate the grand opening with the community.

The City Council will host a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. for the Santa Clarita Archery Range, located in the northernmost canyon in the Haskell Canyon Open Space, just north of Copper Hill Drive and east of Haskell Canyon Road.

The 1-acre range was developed last year by the nonprofit Santa Clarita Valley Archery and the city.

“It all started about two months ago with one question: ‘Why don’t we have an archery range here locally?’” Ronnie Silos, president of the newly founded, nonprofit SCV Archery and coach of former Easton Van Nuys Archery Center, said in November when the archery range first opened. “I went to City Hall, gave my three-minute speech and apparently the city had been thinking about projects and activities for open spaces.”

The Haskell Canyon Open Space was chosen as the designated area for the range because of its vastness necessary for archers to practice while keeping trail users at a safe distance from practice targets, the city said in a news release.

The Santa Clarita range is open to the public seven days a week, from dawn until dusk. On select dates and times, SCV Archery hosts free and low-cost introductory classes, including one-on-one coaching and group events.

To access the archery range, follow the signage along the road off Copper Hill Drive. The path to the range is a 1.3-mile dirt road. Closed-toed shoes are recommended, the city advised in the news release.

More information on the local nonprofit SCV Archery and their classes can be found on their website at SCVArchery.com.

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