After a misfired arrow nearly hit some players at Diamond Head tennis center in April, the city of Honolulu is considering closing the nearby archery range in Kapiolani Park. The city said there have been several close calls and some tennis players agree.
"I think it's the wrong place," said Paul Chun, who wants the archery range closed. "Just making a simple mistake someone could get killed or someone could get badly."
However, more than 50 archers pleaded with the city at a public hearing Monday night not to close the archery range. They suggested the city hire a full time range master or build some type barrier to make it safer for the tennis players and public.
"It would be a great injustice to close the archery range," said archer Jerry Ilo. "I believe that the tennis players as well as the archers both are arguing the same point there are safety concerns. "
The city parks director Gary Cabato says he will consider all the suggestions and comments at the hearing before making a final decision.