1580 Sitka Street View map
Sitka Street Park is a 28 acre neighborhood park located between Merrill Field Airport and Chester Creek. The park sits on airport land that is under long-term lease to the Parks and Recreation Department. The park has a picnic shelter & tables, play equipment, a sand volleyball court, lighting, a parking lot, a sledding hill and an open field.
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.
In 2008, community members who participated in the Neighborhood Parks Report Card process provided a fix-it list that included adding sand to the play area, replacing the volleyball net, installing a dog station and adding an informational sign for parking and access to the Chester Creek Trail.
In 2011 and 2012, many of these improvements were completed by Park Maintenance and volunteers during the summer.
The Very Important Park (VIP) Committee consisted of members of the Airport Heights Community Council and users of the neighborhood park. With many community-identified park improvements already accomplished, the VIP Committee focused their efforts on adding a positive use to the park that would engage neighborhood youth.
In the summer of 2012, neighbors came together to pull weeds and lay down new sand in the volleyball courts. They also removed weeds from the garden beds and filled the beds with new wood mulch.
In 2012, Parks and Recreation staff acquired a resolution from the Airport Heights Community Council to gain support for the youth skateboard park, and received input from the Fairview Community Council.
In 2013, parks improvements are expected to be accomplished in the following way:
- Youth oriented Skate Park - under 5,000 square feet
- Seating for parents supervision
- Signage with rules and safety guidelines
- Refine design with proffesional skate park design fir – March - April
- Installation – TBD
Click here to see the 2012 Fix It Photo Gallery on Facebook!