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The original idea is attributed to Bill Myers, vice president of the Buder Park Archery Club and a member of the Missouri Bow Hunter's Association, who was trying to get a grant to install an ADA accessible archery range in Buder Park.
"The idea really sparked my interest," said Pfyl. "I love the outdoors and doing things like hunting and archery. The idea of being able to help someone who is disabled be able to enjoy those same things sounded pretty cool."
Pfyl researched ADA requirements and features that should be included in the range and drew up plans that he presented to a board for Boy Scouts of America and the St. Louis County Parks Department.
"When I was contacted by Drew about the project I knew it was a great fit for the archery range at Buder Park and a great new service for our community," said Tom Ott, acting director of the St. Louis County Parks Department. "The area was flat, had easy access and was already being used somewhat by disabled archers. This was going to be a huge improvement over what was currently there, and we knew it would bring more archers into the park to use the site. It's one of those projects that is a win-win for everyone involved."
Pfyl and his dad started by clearing the overgrown area where the range would be installed. Next they laid the rock and poured the concrete for the wheelchair path and then built a target similar to the four existing targets but six inches shorter. The range also features pipes set up at 10, 20, 30 and 40 yards to hold arrows.
"I am really proud of this project because there is nothing else like it in this area," said Pfyl. "My original thought was that it could be for wounded veterans and people with physical limitations, but I've also seen kids using it to learn how to shoot. I'm just really glad to see it getting used and that it's made a difference to people in our community."
Buder Park is located at 215 Valley Park Road, St. Louis, Mo., 63026.
In addition to the Buder Park archery range, a new archery range opened last year just across the Meramec River from Buder Park. The city of Valley Park operates an archery range at Meramec Levee Recreation Park (at the intersection of Marshall Road and Cal Hedrick Way). Targets are available for purchase at the Valley Park City Hall for $2. Both archery ranges are first-come-first-served.