Opponents of Archery Range in Lower Arroyo Lose Court Battle

Published : Friday, September 7, 2018 | 5:35 AM

Pasadena Roving Archers can continue to use the archery range in the Lower Arroyo, after the California Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles ruled the group’s agreement with the City of Pasadena on use of the range is valid.

The ruling puts to rest an appeal filed by Stewards of Public Land (SPL), a neighborhood activist group that has opposed the existence of the archery range based on its claims that arrows have landed in residents’ backyards multiple times and that the range poses a danger to the surrounding community.

The Stewards of Public Land filed a lawsuit in 2015 contending the agreement between PRA and the City should be voided because the City did not file an Environment Impact Report as required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

In 2015, the Pasadena City Council approved an ordinance which gave the City Manager control over the facility and required archers to complete a city-approved safety and training program before they could use the range.

In their opinion, the judges at the Court of Appeal wrote “it is evident that the archery range predated many of the adjacent residences.”

The Lower Arroyo Park archery range has been in existence since the 1930s even before the PRA was established, PRA records said. Before that, Pasadena Target Archers have been using the range, until PTA folded up in 1975.

Today the archery range is open to the public during the week for free, as long as they own archery equipment, with PRA occupying it on Saturdays and Sundays, from morning through 2:30 p.m., for archery instruction and tournaments. The PRA is also in charge of maintaining the range.

In 2015, the SPL told City Council that they had been getting complaints about arrows landing in backyards, with about 78 of them found in recent years, according to the group.

The group said police failed to document most of the incidents.

Other neighborhood associations in Pasadena have supported use of the range by the PRA.

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