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2013 Neighborhood Park Improvements 

The park fix-it projects revitalize our neighborhood parks with volunteer and community support. The Anchorage Parks & Recreation Department and the Anchorage Park Foundation worked with the Anchorage Community to select the following parks as 2013 Neighborhood Park Fix-it Projects!

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Arctic Benson Park 

Description:  

This property was offered for sale in 1977 for a park site, and in April 1981 the Municipality of Anchorage purchased the land. The owners sold the property at below the appraisal value, which gave the Parks & Recreation Department funding to develop it. This park was the location for the kick-off party held for the City of Lights program in 1996. They continue to light this park every fall.

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Little Dipper

Description:

Little Dipper park was purchased in 1979 to add more parkland to the community. It is named for the street where it is located.                                

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Campbell Park

Description:

In 1982, this park was established and it became property of the Municipality of Anchorage. It was named after the creek that runs the length of the park. The creek is named for Sir Joseph Campbell who explored Alaska from 1792-1785. It was developed with Land & Water Conservation Funds

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Kiwanis Fish Creek Park

Description:

This park was the 1976 Bicentennial Project for Kiwanis Club of Anchorage. It was also the first park ever designed by Land Design North. The Kiwanis Club produced engineering and architectural plans for the park, and the Parks & Recreation Department provided the recreation development plan and all recreation improvements.  Construction began in 1977 and all the amenities were added in 1979. In 1998, the Kiwanis Club raised funds to replace the aging play equipment with accessible play equipment.

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Scenic Park

Description:

In 1972, the Scenic Park Elementary PTA requested that this property be acquired by the Municipality for use as parkland. A resolution was passed by the Anchorage Assembly in 1972 to acquire several parcels for parkland within the borough and this parcel was included in the package. The land was purchased in August 1972. Development of the park began in 1978 with a community involvement process identifying planned uses of the park. In the late 1980’s, a lighted pathway was built from 36th Avenue to Scenic Park Elementary School.

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Elderberry Park

Description:

The property was acquired as a patent from the United States Government for a park in 1917. The park is located in Block 35 of the original Anchorage town site. In 1976, the Oscar Anderson house was donated to the city by Mrs. Anderson and moved to this site in order to preserve it. It is now a museum with tours available during the summer. The park has access to the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and a view of the train tracks and the Cook Inlet.

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Sitka Park


Description:

This property was purchased in 1983 and named for the street. The name Sitka is the Tlingit word meaning “by the sea”. A portion of the land is leased from Merrill Field.

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Fairview Lions Park

Description:

In 1985, the S & S Apartments were demolished and the Anchorage Assembly voted to use the property to create a neighborhood park. Trees were planted in the park in 1992 and 1993 using funds from a state forestry grant.

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Fairbanks Park

Description:

This park was established in 1922 by Federal Patent. The park was first developed in 1978 and later redeveloped in 1996 withCommunity Development Block Grant funds.

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Minnessota Park

 

Description:

Minnesota Park is a 1,200 foot long, narrow park along Minnesota Drive between Spenard Road and Benson Boulevard. The Spenard Very Important Parks Committee has actively recruited volunteers and supporters to dramatically restore the park.  In 2012 everyone worked together to lay mulch, trim trees and bushes, and pull weeds. The volunteers painted an all-new kid’s activity area and a new fence. Contractors built a sledding hill, resurfaced the tennis courts, and replaced the surrounding fencing.

In 2013, we are adding tennis back boards to the new tennis court and adding a new ping pong table.  Follow this link to see the tennis table prototype and videos.

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Volunteer for a park Fix-It event! Check out the schedule here.
    • Parks and Recreation
    • Director: John Rodda
    • 632 W 6th Avenue, Suite 630, Anchorage, AK 99501
    • 907 343-4355

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Contact

Joshua Durand

Park Planner

P: 343-4427

E: DurandJA@muni.org

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Mirna Estrada

Volunteer Coordinator

P: 343-4587

E: estradam@muni.org