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Arctic/Benson Park

750 W. 31st Avenue View map

History

In 1977, this property was offered for sale for a park site.

In 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.

In 1996, this park was the location for the kick-off party held for the City of Lights program . They continue to light this park every fall.

Improvements

In 2011, over 50 neighbors and volunteers filled out report cards grading Arctic Benson Park, cumulatively giving it an F. With that information, APF was able to secure $83,000 from the Alaska State Legislature to improve Arctic Benson Park summer of 2013.

In 2012, a Very Important Parks (VIP) Committee was formed to identify the neighborhood park improvements. This dedicated group of volunteers is devoted to revitalizing Arctic Benson, and supported by neighbors and the Midtown Community Council, has agreed to use current funding to install a fenced-in area for a dog park.  The Committee plans to pursue a Challenge Grant through APF to rehabilitate the playground and provide safety lighting. 

Organizer Karen Dechman says, “This is a very big deal for dog owners, especially our disabled veterans and elderly who struggle with finding a place to exercise their beloved dogs.  It is also a great way for people who might have few other opportunities to connect with their community, to meet neighbors and make friends."  This significant park improvement will also help to make Arctic Benson a safer park for visitors, as well as add to the continued growth and development of Midtown.

In 2013, the a resolution for an enclosed dog park in Arctic Benson Park was passed by the Parks & Recreation Commission.  A resolution was later passed by the Animal Control Advisory Board

Click here to read this story by KTVA on the group’s efforts.

In 2013, the total improvement value is expected to be - $60,000

Contracted Work:

  • 715 linear feet of 5-foot chain-link fencing installed in western section of park
  • Installation of entry sign, rules sign, dog station and trash bin
  • View the concept boards from the VIP meetings
  • View the plan set for more details 

Volunteer Effort:

  • Landscaping activities upon direction of Parks & Recreation
  • Install park benches in dog park area
  • Celebrate the opening of the dog park! 
The volunteer powered Fix-It day is scheduled to be on July 27, 2013.                                                  

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    • Parks and Recreation
    • Director: John Rodda
    • 632 W 6th Avenue, Suite 630, Anchorage, AK 99501
    • 907 343-4355