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Aug 05

Archery Park Opening / Hawk Release

Posted on August 5, 2015 at 3:14 PM by Phil Burns

An Archery Park opened within Oak Mountain State Park on Tuesday, August 4th. County Commissioner’s, State Official’s, Pelham Official’s and other County Management representatives, along with several community members, attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new archery facility. The archery park is open year round during daylight hours for recreational shooting and competitive tournaments. The facility has an 8 target adult range from 15 to 50 yards, an 8 target youth range from 5 to 20 yards and a 4 target range from 10 to 40 yards. This is the 11th community archery park in the State, and it is the first to open in conjunction with an Alabama State Park.

Following the grand opening a tour was held of several other capital improvements made at OMSP through an almost ten year relationship with the County to improve tourism activities within the Park. One of the first tour stops was at the Treetop Nature Trail in Oak Mountain State Park which is an elevated boardwalk with 6 large enclosures where visitors can see birds of prey up close. The Alabama Wildlife Center rescues and rehabilitates injured and orphaned native birds and returns them to the wild. The facility is open 7 days a week and is located inside Oak Mountain State Park.

In the video below, Eric Parker is releasing a rehabilitated Coopers hawk that was injured by some improperly discarded fishing line. Eric is a volunteer manager with the Spain Park High School basketball team. He works at Chick-Fil-A on Hwy. 280 and has a keen interest in birds.

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