project leader
Mary M
199 Cagwin Ave
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Jan. 3, 2022

the project

Pittsburgh Archery supports one recreation project, which is converting abandoned  basketball and tennis courts owned by the city to a practice archery range with 9 lanes.   The land is composed of steep hillsides not usable for most recreation. The hillsides are a natural berm for an archery range.

The driving force for the project is from the senior citizens, who lost their archery class in 2020. The classes were conducted in temporary ranges set up in gyms with limited access. There are no permanent practice ranges in the City of Pittsburgh. With Covid-19 all temporary ranges were discontinued. An outdoor permanent and public archery range in the City of Pittsburgh will provide all residents with access to an outdoor archery range.

the steps

  1. Public works to Finish clearing the area of dead trees
  2. Public Works to remove cement barriers to give access
  3. Volunteers to clear small brush and debris.
  4. Public Works to decide on old chain link fence
    • Remove all fencing
    • Replace fencing
    • Repair damaged fenciing
  5. ADA, American for Disabilites ACT, access needs to have  handicapped parking and ramp to the range.
    • Specs Must meet Pittsburgh Public Works approval.
  6. Build theBack stops for targets
    • Optional due to hillside
    • Added safety feature
  7. Volunteers to Layout the Lanes and place targets.
  8. Contract for benches and tables
    • Purchase and delivery. OR
    • Availability through the City and public works
  9. Shed for storage of targets, butts, stakes, pins, and tools
  10. Miscelaneous Items
    • Bow racks and Ground quivers
    • Waste Container
    • BulletinBoard
    • Toilet facilities
    • Range rules signs
  11. Obtain range insurance
  12. Opening day April 1 2022

why we're doing it

With Covid-19 all temporary ranges were discontinued by the Pittsburgh's parks and Recreation.. An outdoor permanent and public archery range in the City of Pittsburgh will give all residents access to an outdoor activity. The range is near a T rail stop. Thus an automobile is not required to access the range. Although Walking and jogging are excellent exercises, they do not provide upper body exercise. Especially for seniors, archery provides upper body exercise with less injuries than lifting weights.

In addition the range provides great recreational experience while simultaneously helping young athletes develop skills that will benefit them throughout their lives, such as work ethic, focus, patience, integrity, self-confidence, control, and teaches the importance of safety.

Archery ranks as one of the safest activities offered in any organized group setting. Especially impressive is the fact that archery maintains a consistently high safety record despite the fact that participants range from grade-school children to senior citizens, many of whom have never before picked up a bow and arrow. Sports like soccer, baseball and basketball have injury rates much greater than archery.  Golf and fishing have lower injury rates but not lower than Archery. 


Disbursed budget 3-9-2023:

  1. Ground quivers: $ 140
  2. Equipment, specifically arrows: $ 231
  3. Bow training aid Stretch band: $21.39


TOTAL RAISED = $420.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $21.00
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $6.30

Original budget:

  1. Land preparation dead tree, brush removal                   $1500
  2. Parking lot, ADA accessible ramp to the range(600sq ft) $5500
  3. 3 Picnic tables 8 ft ADA($700/ ea)                               $2100
  4. 2 benches 8 ft.($630/ea)                                             $1260
  5. Storage shed                                                             $ 530
  6. Trash receptacle                                                         $1118
  7. 9 Targets w tilt proof base($210/ea)                              $1890
  8. 9 Unmarked Yard Spots($33/ea)                                  $ 297
  9. 9 Ground quivers($19/ea                                             $ 169
  10. Bow racks                                                                 $ 367
  11. Safety netting and poles                                             $ 410
  12. Range and rule signs                                                 $  80
  13. insurance ($ 57/mo.)                                                  $ 684
  14. Equipment& Target maintenance                                 $ 500
  15. General facilities maintenance                                     $ 500

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $642
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.  




Jan. 3, 2022

Received non-profit 501C(3) letter from the IRS.






















Authorization to create a range on Cityof Pittsburgh's lot

August 9, 2021

The City of Pittsburgh and the Department of Public Works are pleased to support Pittsburgh Archery in creating a practice archery range. According to the GREENWAYS FOR PITTSBURGH POLICY GUIDE, greenways may contain active use sites offering recreation, entertainment or games of skill to the general public. An excellent use includes archery. Sports are an opportunity to connect with the community and teaches teamwork leadership in a healthy, active lifestyle. 

Pittsburgh Archery is authorized to create an archery range. The proposal has all archery lanes designed for wheelchair participants. The range will not only benefit our young athletes and senior citizens but will also serve as a great resource for the entire community. This activity will engage people of all ages, languages and ability in our city. Moreover, the challenges of a global pandemic have magnified the need for safe outdoor recreational spaces for children and the community. 

In conclusion, I fully support the efforts of the Pittsburgh Archery as they seek external funding. I look forward to continued collaboration with this organization, surrounding neighbors, and relevant City Departments as we strive toward the creation of a practice archery range for the City-owned Lot 35-J-75- 0-1 on Cagwin Avenue. 



Chris Hornstein 

Acting Director 

City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works


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