Twin Cities archery range facing closure because arrows keep landing in yards


Archers in Chanhassen could soon pay a heavy price for their wayward shots.

That's because arrows shot from the Lake Susan Archery Range have been landing in nearby yards, and as a result the Chanhassen Park and Recreation Commission will decide on Tuesday whether to close the range permanently.

One homeowner on West Lake Court, whose yard is 150 feet away from the range, reported finding an arrow this past June, prompting the city to temporarily close the range – which has operated for 25 years.

A study was launched, and a recommendation to be put before the council says the range should be closed and the equipment donated to the outdoor range in Shakopee, which is where Chanhassen residents would have to go to shoot arrows in the future.

Another option, to erect additional warning signs to remind archers about where they're aiming their arrows, wouldn't be enough to stop them leaving the range, the recommendation says.

There are also not enough funds to pay for a new home for the range, and no suitable city-owned properties that could accommodate one.

Local resident Stephen Jones is one of those who's been finding arrows in his yard.

"I came out to my woodpile in the back yard, where my 12-year-old often plays, and found an arrow in it and then I found out another arrow was in my neighbor's front yard," he told KSTP. "That's when I contacted the city because it is a scary thing to have arrows flying in yards where children play."

The Chanhassen Villager reports some homeowners found arrows stuck straight up in their yard, suggesting they had flown above the tree line, while others appeared to have entered the garden between gaps in the trees.

"For an arrow to come up over those trees and to come into my yard how it did just tells me that there’s that much power," West Lake Court resident Linda Boerboom told the newspaper, adding: "What’s it going to do to a young child ..."

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