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NFAA Complex To Get $1 Million Upgrade

In preparation for an international tournament that will draw hundreds of participants from around the world next year, the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) will be making some major upgrades to their grounds on the east side of Yankton.

Improvements valued at more than $1 million will get under way this summer in preparation for the International Field Archery Association's 2014 World Field Archery Championships. Just prior to that, the NFAA will hold its National Outdoor Field tournament.

“It's the first time we've ever had the World Field Archery Championships here,” said NFAA president Bruce Cull. “It will be the biggest tournament we've had.”

He said there will be a minimum of 800 participants hailing from 50 states and at least 30 nations.

“We're still in the planning stages,” Cull continued. “We're hoping to have a full-fledged parade through the city Aug. 3, concerts, Native American dancing and other things. I think it's going to be really cool for the locals to see. Meanwhile, we're bringing in some great economic development to the tri-state area.”

The work planned for this summer will be done by the National Guard as part of an Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) project. Such projects enhance unit training and readiness while filling a community need.

Cull said the needs of the NFAA, which is a 501(c)(3) organization, meet the criteria of the National Guard program.

“We were very fortunate to meet their criteria,” he stated. “We started looking toward the future of our complex and enhancing the ranges by planting trees, changing topography and things like that. As a non-profit, we don't have bulldozers and heavy equipment like that to do the work.”

The IRT project will get under way June 8, and members of the National Guard are expected to be on site for two weeks.

The NFAA had four temporary outdoor ranges south of its headquarters in what used to be the channel of the Missouri River. During the flood of 2011, the area was under water, which killed vegetation and deposited a large amount of sand.

The National Guard has engineered and will build three permanent ranges where the four temporary ones were formerly located. Restoration of a fishing pond is also part of the development. Additionally, the National Guard will establish a second Olympic-sized field adjacent to the one that currently exists. Cull said each of those ranges is the equivalent of two soccer fields.

In late summer or early fall, the National Guard will construct a comfort station on the NFAA grounds.

At an April meeting, the Yankton City Commission agreed to give the NFAA up to $38,000 to reimburse it for the purchase of materials used to construct the restroom facility. A perpetual easement will be in place so the general public has access to it. The NFAA agreed to pay for any future maintenance to the comfort station.

Eventually, city and NFAA officials anticipate the Auld-Brokaw Trail will extend from Paddle Wheel Point east through the NFAA grounds and run past the comfort station.

Additionally, the city agreed to give the NFAA 12 acres of property formerly used for the city's landfill. It is located on the east side of the NFAA grounds, and Cull said it brings the complex to approximately 90 acres, all of which are within the city limits.

On its own, the NFAA will put parking space and ranges on the new 12-acre parcel sometime in the next year, according to Cull.

“It's a very exciting time for us,” he said. “We're growing to meet new challenges, and we hope it helps Yankton grow, too.”