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Parks and Recreation

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 will provide a 20-year vision for the park that seeks to address issues and concerns, prioritize improvements, and identify strategies to ensure that the park is a safe and thriving public space for all. 

PROJECT UPDATES

Anchorage Parks and Recreation is working hard to compile the Town Square Park Master Plan.  A draft master plan will be available for public review in early 2019.  Stay tuned...

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 provides an economic anchor and is a catalyst and enhancement for the development of Downtown Anchorage’s commerce and cultural exchange.

Town Square Park was first developed in the 1980’s to provide an oasis from urban activities in Alaska’s largest and most metropolitan city.  The Park has undergone several changes since it was first developed and use of the park has evolved over the years.  Recently, the inoperative water fountain in the center of Town Square Park was removed in an effort to improve visibility and public safety in the park.

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. 

Following the public involvement process, the planning team has worked to refine a preferred concept and draft a master plan.  A draft master plan will be available for review in early 2019 prior to public hearings for plan approval.

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
Citizen Advisory Group (CAG): 

An 8-12 member Citizens Advisory Group act in the capacity of a Steering Committee to assist the planning team as a sounding board and feedback group.  The CAG represents the community’s interests and applications for group membership are open to the greater public. 

Citizen Advisory Group Members: Radhika Krishna, Shannon Kuhn, Dianne Holmes, Tanya Iden, Nancy Harbour, James Starzec, Nina Bonito Romine, Jennifer Richcreek, Darrel Hess

Technical Advisory Group (TAG):

The Technical Advisory Committee will include a small group of designers and planners who have a history of work, body of knowledge, and understanding of past efforts of Town Square Park.  Members of the TAC advise the planning team and provide technical assistance to the Citizens Advisory Group (CAG).

Technical Advisory Group Members: Jamie Boring, Elise Huggins, Erin Bacca, Sandy Potvin, Sharon Chamard, Ken Pendleton, Caren Mathis, Jonny Hayes, Derrick Chang, LaQuita Chmielowski

Focus Groups:  

The planning team worked with several focus groups to better understand the specific needs of stakeholders with interest in the park.  Meetings were held with a downtown Business Roundtable, the Mayor's Youth Advisory Commission, and Public Safety and Social Service agencies early in the planning process.

Public Workshops: 

To provide diverse and iterative opportunities for the general public and greater community to advise and inform the master plan, the following Community Workshops were held at the following planning process milestones:

1.  Visioning & Positive Change Workshop

2.  Place Audit Workshop

3.  Community Design Workshop

4.  Master Plan Draft Review Workshop

APPROVALS

Following the public involvement phase of the project, Parks and Recreation will develop a public review draft to present for approval.  The approval process will include public hearings at the Parks and Recreation Commission as well as the Planning and Zoning Commission. 

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

Steve Rafuse, Senior Park Planner          Municipality of Anchorage, Parks and Recreation

E: rafusesj@muni.org 

Ph: 907-343-4586

Draft Concept Designs
Master Planning Process: How were the concepts developed?

 WHAT WE'VE HEARD SO FAR...

1) Online Survey Themes

2) Safety and Social Services Roundtable Meeting Summary (4-12-17)

3) Business Roundtable Meeting Summary(4-14-17)

4) Public Workshop #1 Summary

5) Public Workshop #2 Summary

6) Public Workshop #3 Group Design Concepts

8) Issues and Guiding Principles