Easton-Newberry Archery Center
Located 15 miles west of Gainesville, Newberry is quickly growing to be the sports destination of northern Florida. The Easton-Newberry Sports Complex comprises of 100 acres of multi-recreation use and archery-specific property. The Easton-Newberry Sports Complex is a shared-use facility that combines the Easton-Newberry Archery Center with a multi-use recreation facility. Co-owned by the Easton Foundations and the City of Newberry, the facility houses the City’s Recreation Department, the Archery Center and the Instructor Training Program of USA Archery.
The archery program, overseen by Head Archery Coach Eric Blalock, focuses on training archers and coaches, developing curriculum, and providing a world class venue to host archery events of all sizes and styles.
The Easton-Newberry Archery Center includes a dedicated indoor archery range with 20 lanes shooting to 25 meters. In addition, the facility includes an adjoining indoor gym for basketball, volleyball and multi-use. Combined, the two indoor venues can provide over 50 archery lanes for large indoor events.
The indoor archery range is wired for public address, wireless mics, and video. There are two large wall-mounted flat screen TVs, and a drop-down screen with a ceiling-mounted projector. In addition, high-speed video cameras and multi-linked video cameras are available for training courses and instruction. A repair and tuning shop is attached to the indoor range. Participants can learn about bow tuning, and can make fine adjustments on their equipment during training periods. The range is brightly lit, and features central heat and air conditioning. Target mats are suitable for bows up to 70lb draw weight.
The facility hosts 3 outdoor archery ranges. Nearest is the practice field with a 160 foot covered shooting line. The practice field is used for daily lessons and tournament warm-up, and has shooting distances out to 90 meters. It is connected to the facility by a large paved patio and sidewalks. There is one additional sidewalk within the practice field for wheelchair access to various target distances.
For large outdoor target events, a FITA field has been developed capable of holding 64 x 54″ target mats in a single line. To support the field, a shade pavilion and a concession stand with restrooms are positioned nearby. There is ample parking.
Northern Florida has a mild winter climate that permits outdoor shooting year round.
Field and 3-D archers enjoy scenic walks in the woods in our 60 acre wooded archery course. There are a number of broad pedestrian lanes and walk-back target stations for even the largest of 3D events. There are also 14 Field Targets located in the woods available.
The wooded course is close to parking, and the soil is light and airy. The trails are maintained by the Newberry Recreation Department. Overnight motor home camping is available nearby.
The practice range, the FITA range, and the wooded 3D/Field range make the Newberry facility capable of hosting virtually an type of archery event.