BRIONES ARCHERS February 27, 2017
President’s Message – ROAD CLOSURE – Limited Access to Range
It is no fun having to be the bearer of bad news about the Archery Range. We have a very serious problem with the road to the range. Due to a severe washout; the road is CLOSED TO VEHICLE TRAFFIC.
In case you haven’t been out to the range lately, the winter rains caused a severe washout right as the road leaves the pavement section. The heavy rains washed away the hillside on the right side of the road. That left the culvert unsupported, and part of the culvert collapsed. That let more runoff splash down on the gully and even more of the hillside washed away. Right now, the hillside has eroded so much that the hillside drops vertically right at the right hand wheel rut. The road is absolutely unsafe to travel and the park is absolutely right to close the road to vehicles.
Newer club members may not remember; but this same thing happened at a similar culvert at the lowest spot in the road in 1999. All road repairs have to be done by Park contractors (Our club is prohibited from repairing the road.) and in 1999 it took over a year to get the road repaired. So this is a very serious drawback for the club. Our Monday Night 3-D shoots for this year and the Bear Creek Open scheduled for June 18th are very much in jeopardy. The East Bay Regional Park District is scrambling to get roads and trail washouts repaired all over the area. We have not yet gotten a firm estimate of when the Park District can begin work on the road repairs; but we have heard that the repairs will almost certainly have to wait until the end of the rainy season. Meanwhile, the Park District is trying to get the required permits from the state agencies.
We have arranged for the Briones Park Ranger, Joe Miller to come to our meeting on Wednesday, April 5th at 7:00 at the Round Table Pizza in Lafayette. Joe will be able to give us an update on what paperwork and Park District budget actions will be required to get the road repaired and where the Park District stands on getting started on repairs. Please come to the meeting on Wednesday, April 5th to get any questions answered about Joe Miller’s best estimate on when the road can be reopened.
President Stan Kolodzie
Founded in the late 60s, the Briones Archery Club descended from the old Roving Archers Club of El Sobrante. With the help from Bob and Millie Dean, Faye and Smitty Smith, Vern Thompson and his family, Ron Halpin and the help from many others leased land and laid out what would later become the Roving Archery range.
Many of the volunteer members donated funds from their own pockets, and went around asking for donations of materials, tools, bales of hay, wire and anything else that might come in handy and be of use to the club. They put in long hours and a lot of hard work to fulfill a dream.
The resulting Roving Archers range had 28 targets; it was chartered by the NFAA, a member of the local region (NCFAA) and the state organization (CBH/SAA). These folks continued to clear trails, remove poison oak, build bridges and install bow racks and yardage markers. They all had one thing in common: they loved archery, and wanted their own place to shoot and to show off, with great personal pride, each time another archer used their facility.
New housing and appreciating land values forced the Roving Archers off their range, but they did not quit, join other clubs or take up another hobby. Instead, they helped the newer, younger members take up the cause with the same sincerity with which they had started. These young members – Morris Abbott, Bernie Shapiro, Pat Norris, Dennis Duffy, Doug Welch and many others — negotiated with the East Bay Regional Parks District to move the club to its present location in Briones Park. Today, the Briones Archery range comprises of 42 targets over a 30 acre course, and it is also host to a number of 3D tournaments during the year. The 42 targets consist of 14 hunter targets, 14 field targets and 14 animals targets. There is also a practice range with targets ranging from 10 yards to 60 yards.
The name, the logo and the location have changed, but the spirit is the same. Some of the original ‘old timers’ are gone, some are life members that don’t shoot anymore and some are still here. Their legacy is the Briones Archery Club. Our future, as well as the future of all archery, depends on the lessons and inspiration passed down by our previous members, and by the amount of dedication, hard work and pride that the current members give to their club.
Today, the members of the Briones Archery Club are solely responsible for maintaining our 30 acre facility. We contribute our time and efforts toward target and range management programs, as well as our hosted tournaments. We offer a full range of shooting styles within the club, from Traditional to Freestyle.
President Stan Kolodzie
1st VP Frank Tinley
2nd VP Phil Myers
Secretary Christine Tinley-Alvarez
Treasurer Robert (Buzz) Whalen
Range Captain Bob Jimenez
Representative Dennis Beach
Representative Bob Springsteen
ARCHERY RANGE RULES — REVISED 2013
1. No alcoholic beverages allowed.
2. No crossbows allowed in Briones Park
3. No hunting or pursuing of park animals
4. Keep all vehicle speeds below 10 MPH
5. Trash – if you brought it in then take it with you when you leave
6. No unleashed dogs allowed at any club event
7. Do not drive on wet park roads
8. When driving on roads give way to horseback riders and pedestrians
9. No firewood cutting
10. No Smoking or open fires
11. Do not remain in park after sundown
12. No broadheads are to be shot at range targets
Report any illegal activity to park Police emergency 510-881-1121
Briones Range Layout: