Volunteers Giving Anchorage Parks and Trails a Grade
Anchorage Park Report Cards and iPhone App Launched this September
Contact: Holly Spoth-Torres
Volunteers are picking up their clipboards (and smart phones!) this September to grade Anchorage’s neighborhood parks and trails. The Park Report Card is a community-wide initiative that was first launched in 2008. The Park Report Card empowers Anchorage citizens to give the Parks & Recreation Department valuable input about parks, playgrounds, sports fields and trails. Through the Report Card, citizens create “Fix-It” Lists of improvements they would like to see in the future.
In 2008, 1000 citizens completed report cards for 53 parks. Since then, more than 2 million private and public dollars have been invested in 27 neighborhood parks.
For the first time, citizens can use their smart phones to participate by using the new Anchorage Parks Smart Phone App, which allows users to grade parks and upload photos directly from their cell phones. The free app (available for iPhones and Androids) also features a full park directory by name, location, and links the user directly to a map if they need directions.
Also new this year is the Anchorage Trail Report Card. Volunteers will complete a Report Card for the entire length of the Coastal Trail.
Everyone is invited to get involved and help improve Anchorage’s parks and trails!
The project is a partnership between the Anchorage Department of Parks and Recreation and the Anchorage Park Foundation. Funding for the Report Card project comes from the Rasmuson Foundation through contributions to the Anchorage Park Foundation.