The Historic Pasadena Field Archery Range is a beautiful and historic place. It is the oldest field archery range in the United States and predates the formation of the National Field Archery Association.
This historic range is located in Pasadena's Lower Arroyo Seco Park, recognized for its beauty as early as 1887. In 1935, the Pasadena Roving Archers, under their first President Henry Bitzenburger created the range in the lower Arroyo and, in partnership with the City of Pasadena, have been stewards for the range ever since. Central to the range has been the education of new archers and today this historic Field Archery Range is home to one of the largest all-volunteer run public archery education programs in the country. It is home to world-record holding archers, former Olympic team members and a member of USA Archery’s Junior Dream Team. Parts of the original 1938 Robin Hood movie starring Errol Flynn were filmed in the Arroyo and, more recently, the cast of the 3D blockbuster Avatar were taught the basics of archery on the range. This place is truly a jewel for lovers of natural places, for archers, for people who believe we should protect and preserve historic resources, and for those who believe that dedicated volunteers can make the world a better place.
You can learn more about Arroyo Seco Park on the City of Pasadena website:
You can learn some of the history of the Pasadena Roving Archers in an article, written to mark the PRA’s 75th anniversary, “The Club that Friendship Built” in the October 2010 National Field Archery Association magazine:
By signing this petition, you help to ensure that the Historic Pasadena Field Archery Range continues to be the vital place it has been for nearly 80 years. Join in the call to the Pasadena City Council to protect and preserve the Historic Pasadena Field Archery Range and the people who thrive there.
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