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Taku Lake Park Master Plan

8200 Stormy Place & 100 E. 76th Ave (View Map)  

MASTER PLAN UPDATE

In 2016-17 the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department worked with an advisory group comprised of residents, community council members, representatives from user groups and local businesses to update the Master Plan for Taku Lake Park.

The Taku Lake Park Master Plan provides a 20-year vision for Taku Lake Park and establishes a framework for the future development of the park.  The Master Plan seeks to balance the development of new facilities with the preservation of existing natural areas.

The Taku Lake Park Master Plan proposes the following improvements:

  • Replacement of the Playground (burned down in 2014)
  • Upgraded Skate Park
  • A New Basketball Court
  • ADA Access Improvements
  • Upgraded Trails to Improve Circulation and Minimize Conflicts between Users
  • ADA Accessible Fishing Docks and Boat Launch
  • Additional Lighting for Improved Safety
  • Expansion of the North Parking Lot to Minimize Overflow Parking
  • A New Picnic Shelter to Support Community Use and Events in the Park
  • New Amenities and Upgrades to Existing Facilities

ABOUT TAKU LAKE PARK

Taku Lake Park is a 53 acre park located along the Campbell Creek Greenbelt in the Taku/Campbell neighborhood of Anchorage. 

The park is classified as a Community Use Park in the 2006 Anchorage Bowl Park, Natural Resource and Recreation Facility Plan.  The park features both developed facilities and natural areas.  Natural areas include Taku Lake and Campbell Creek as well as surrounding wetland and riparian habitat.  Developed facilities include: two tennis courts, a small skate park, a picnic shelter and open space area, adult fitness area, a rain garden, as well as paved and soft surface trails.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The Taku Lake Park Master Plan is intended to provide a 20-year vision for the management, maintenance, and development of the park. Though this planning process, the plan will identify current and future needs, addresses issues and concerns, and establishes a framework for future development of the park.

Anchorage Parks and Recreation will be working with a stakeholder advisory group to ensure that future upgrades meet the desires and expectations of the community. The advisory group will provide guidance in the development of the master plan.

The Parks and Recreation Department will also be hosting a series of public meetings to allow members of the community to provide input into the planning process.

Project Team:

Anchorage Parks and Recreation will be working with Bettisworth North and R&M Consultants to assist in the development of the Taku Lake Park Master Plan.

Taku Lake Park Boundaries (PDF)

HISTORY

Taku Lake was originally formed as the result of gravel extraction in the area.  In 1973, the Municipality acquired the property and in 1978 two tennis courts were constructed off of Rainy Place.  During this time, access to the park was difficult.  When King Street was developed, new access and parking was created off of 76th Ave.  During the 1980's, the park began to develop with the addition of two new parking lots, an adult fitness area, trails and open space.  In 1989, the Anchorage Kiwanis Club donated a floating dock with ADA access.  In the 1990's, Taku Lake Park saw further development with the addition of a picnic shelter and the development of the Campbell Creek Trail.   In 2003, a playground was built but was later destroyed in 2014 by arson.  In 2004 a small skate park was build and later upgraded through an Anchorage Park Foundation Challenge Grant in 2011.  Also in 2004, a bridge across Campbell Creek was developed. 

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

Steve Rafuse, MOA Park Planner

E: rafusesj@muni.org 

P: 343-4586

PROJECT TIMELINE (2016-17)
Outreach (Fall)

Outreach to stakeholders including community councils and user groups

Advisory Group Meetings (Fall/Winter)

Three meetings will be scheduled with an advisory group.  The advisory group will be comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders and will assist the planning team in the development of the plan.  The goal of the advisory group will be to build consensus on a preferred alternative.

Community Workshops (Fall/Winter - Dates TBD)

Anchorage Parks and Recreation will be hosting two public workshops to gather information and feedback from members of the community.  Information from the public will be used to inform the development of the master plan.

Plan Development (Fall 2016 - Summer 2017)

Several alternatives will be developed by the project team and advisory group based on information gathered through the public process.  Alternatives will be presented to the public for review with the goal of a consensus based preferred alternative.

Approval Process (Fall/Winter 2017)

1) Taku/Campbell Community Council Resolution

2) Parks and Recreation Commission Hearing  

3) Planning and Zoning Commission Hearing   

Once approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission, Parks and Recreation will seek funding to implement the Master Plan.