A Greater Victoria club practising an ancient sport loses its outdoor space to a new handyDART facility this fall.

On Sept. 1 the Victoria Bowmen Archery Club says goodbye to the outdoor range it’s called home for a decade. Instead the View Royal property, which is owned by the provincial government, will be developed for handyDART buses and services.

“It’s a tragedy,” said club president Al Wills. “We’ve been shooting outdoors in the western community since 1965.”

The future of the land at 2401 Burnside Rd. has been hotly debated in the community – with View Royal council rejecting two development proposals after hearing resident concerns over noise, parking, air quality and environmental impacts.

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