Shot an Apple with an Arrow in the Balboa Park Centennial Documentary

Did You Know that Balboa Park Has an Archery Range?

The Balboa Park archery range is a beautiful, forested walking range that consists of 40 targets and a small practice range. If you’ve visited Balboa Park and have crossed the famous Cabrillo Bridge, more likely than not you’ve walked right passed the archery range and never even knew it. The archery range’s entrance is located at the base of the bridge if you’re coming from the east side. It’s gorgeous and inexpensive to use, and the archers are friendly and helpful.

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Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre cultural park in San Diego. In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens, and walking paths, it contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. There are also many recreational facilities like the archery range (along with a velodrome, disk golf course, swimming pool, and a bunch of other activity centers) and several restaurants within the boundaries of the park. Placed in reserve in 1835, the park is one of the oldest in the United States dedicated to public recreation. The 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition commemorated the opening of the Panama Canal and provided a major impetus for the creation of the Park as it appears today. Most of the arts organizations along Balboa Park’s famous El Prado pedestrian walkway are housed in Spanish-Renaissance style buildings constructed for the 1915 Exposition. It was one of the first times that this highly ornamented, flamboyant architectural style had ever been used in the United States.

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In honor of the 2015 Centennial Celebration for Balboa Park, a film is being produced to highlight the park’s rich history and role in our community. The film is being presented by the San Diego History Center and will premiere in December, 2014… and I’m in it! Here’s the trailer for the documentary, and I’m shooting an arrow at the 11-second mark and hitting it at 20 seconds. It was very exciting getting to participate, and based on the trailer I bet the final movie is going to be a lot of fun.

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What do you think… are you more revved up for the fun of Balboa Park? Please tell me about it in the comments below.

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  1. Kenny says:

    Wow, wasn’t aware how much Balboa Park encompassed! Roxanne, Tyler and I have been to some of the museums, parts of the park, and I to one theater. We have year around passes to the San Diego Zoo, which can be quite fun, especially when you get intuned with some of the animals! The different walking trails are great exercise too!! Congrats on making a mark in the park…another William Tell!

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