Parks and Recreation

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Town Square Park Master Plan

544 W 5th Ave/551 W​. 6th Ave (Map)

Anchorage Parks and Recreation is updating the master plan for Town Square Park.  The master plan provides a 20-year vision that seeks to address issues, prioritize improvements, and identify​ strategies to ensure that Town Square Park is a safe and thriving public space for all. 

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​  ​Click image above to view the master plan    

PROJECT OVERVIEW

In 2017, the Parks and Recreation Department began the master planning process for Town Square Park.  Following two years of public involvement and plan development, the Town Square Park Master Plan is now available.  

A public review draft is n​ow available for review ahead of public ​hearings at the Parks and Recreation Co​mmission and the Planning and Zoning Commission.  

Following approval of the master plan, the Parks and Recreation Department will begin prioritizing implementation items and investments in Town Square Park.​

REVIEW AND APPROVAL PROCESS​

The​​ approval of the Town Square Park Master Plan requires public hearings at the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Planning and Zoning Commission.  

Public Hearing: Parks and Recreation Commission (6/13): The Town Square Park Master Plan was approved by the Parks and Recreation Commission on June 13th, 2019.  PRC Resolution 2019-07​

The PRC reviews and recommends approval to the Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) for park plans.

Public Hearing: Planning and Zoning Commission (9/9): The Town Square Park Master Plan will be presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission for final approval on September 9, 2019.  Public Hearing at Loussac Library - Assembly Chambers (6:30pm)

Review Case Information and Submit Comments here​

Public comments must be submitted by September 6, 2019 to be included in PZC commissioner packet. 

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ABOUT TOWN SQUARE PARK​

Town Square Park is an important park and civic space located in the heart of downtown Anchorage.  More than a park, Town Square Park is a catalyst for the development of Downtown Anchorage’s commerce and cultural exchange.  

Town Square Park was created in 1984 through a citizen led initiative.  At the time the park was envisioned as an oasis from the urban environment of Alaska’s largest city.  Over the years, use of the park has evolved as have public preferences for what Town Square Park should be.  

​Today, Anchorage residents envision Town Square Park not only as a green oasis but also an active and vibrant public space, a hub for activity downtown, and a place where friends meet, families gather, and the community celebrates.​

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​PROJECT TIMELINE & MASTER PLANNING PROCESS

Planning and public involvement for the Town Square Park Master Plan took place throughout 2017 with a series of public workshops, surveys, advisory group meetings, and focus groups. 

In 2018, the planning team worked to refine the preferred concept and develop the master plan document.  

The Town Square Park Master Plan is now available for review.  Public hearings for final plan approval are scheduled for summer 2019.  Alaska17-0024.JPG

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT

The Town Square Park Master Plan is the product of a comprehensive and collaborative year long public involvement process.  Meaningful public involvement ensures that the future management and development of Town Square Park is consistent with the desires of the community. 

Public involvement in the creation of this master plan included:

  • 7 Advisory Group Meetings
  • 4 Public Workshops
  • 2 Roundtable Meetings
  • 7 Stakeholder Interviews
  • 2 Online Surveys
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PROJECT CONTACT

Steve Rafuse, Project Manager    ​            ​Municipality of Anchorage, Parks and Recreation ​  ​​E: rafusesj@muni.org                                              Ph: 907-343-4586​

​​Van Le, AICP Planner                                            ​ R&M Consultants                                                     E: vle@rmconsult.com                                           Ph: 907-646-9659PROJECT UPDATES​

Public Hearing: Planning and Zoning Commission                                                      September 9, 2019 (6:30pm)                         ​        Z.J. Loussac Library (Assembly Chamber)         3600 Denali​ Street, Anchorage AK 99503

​​​​​RESOURCES AND MATERIALS

1) Online Survey Themes