YANKTON, S.D. — An expansion project at an archery center in South Dakota could come down to the wire.
The National Field Archery Association’s Easton Yankton Archery Center was represented at an entrepreneur meeting last month, the Press and Dakotan reported. Spokeswoman Nancy Wenande discussed the efforts to expand the facility as well as talk about the upcoming 2018 World Archery Indoor Championships.
Officials hope the center is completed by the start of the archery championships in February. Wenande said that with rain delays, the deadline for completion is tight.
The center began its construction of a 24,000-square-foot addition to the facility a couple months ago. The addition is meant to help accommodate more archery and branch out for an air rifle program and indoor tennis courts.
“It is ginormous,” Wenande said. “We’ll be incorporating a brand new air rifle program. There’s 10,000 square feet that’s going to be dedicated to that program. There are also going to be indoor tennis courts in there.”
She said the facility can be used as other events are being held in the main archery center.
“This building, you could rent it or utilize it independently from (the original archery center), but they will be connected on the interior as well,” she said. “If we’re doing rentals or other events, this gives us an opportunity to do a little bit more multitasking within the facility.”
Wenande said Yankton is in a position that other archery centers aren’t quite in because it has a supportive community.
“It’s actually really unique that we have a community that’s so willing to partner,” she said. “We’ve talked to other archery centers, and they don’t have the type of support or the open-mindedness in their communities that we have here in Yankton.”
Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan, http://www.yankton.net/