OGDEN -- Easton Sports Development Foundation is continuing to work with the city to find a suitable site to construct a $2 million archery facility.
The 15,000-square-foot facility that would include indoor and outdoor archery ranges was initially to be part of a recreational field house proposed by the city administration for the downtown area.
Easton has abandoned plans for the field house because there would not be enough room for an outdoor archery range, said Don Rabska, vice president of programs for the foundation based in Van Nuys, Calif.
The outdoor range requires an area 130 yards long and 100 yards wide, he said.
Easton officials have also expressed concern about potential motor vehicle traffic and noise due to the configuration of the field house, said Mayor Matthew Godfrey. A specific location for the field house has not yet been determined, he added.
Easton wants to build an archery facility in Ogden in less than five years and has been working with city officials to find a suitable location, Rabska said.
The 2010 Archery World Cup sponsored by Easton was held in Ogden in August and other world cups are scheduled to take place in the city in 2011 and 2012.
The foundation is also affiliated with Easton Technical Products, an archery equipment manufacturing company in Salt Lake City.
The exodus of Easton from the field house will not impact the viability of that project, said Godfrey.
The city has hired Hotel & Leisure Advisors, a Cleveland, Ohio-based company to undertake a $38,000 field house feasibility study that is expected to be finished within a month.
Other components of the field house that are being studied include an indoor waterpark, Olympic size pool, tennis courts, soccer field and velodrome which is a banked track for bicycle racing.
The study will determine the sizing and amenities for the water park and pool. It also will evaluate market demand for each recreational component of the field house, as well as include a patron pricing analysis.
Amenities to make the field house profitable and whether the facility should be independent or part of a franchise operation will also be part of the study.