Valley of the Moon Park Site Plan Update
Anchorage Parks and Recreation is updating the site plan for the Valley of the Moon Park. To ensure that the updated site plan aligns with the desires of the local community, Parks and Recreation is working with an advisory group.
Valley of the Moon Park is a 22 acre community-use park located between downtown and midtown along the Chester Creek Greenbelt. The park is one of Anchorage's most popular parks and features a playground, two picnic shelters, a community garden, a ball field, a parking lot as well as open space, forest and a stream.
In 1960, the Municipality acquired the present day Valley of the Moon Park as part of the Chester Creek Greenbelt. In the years that followed, basic park amenities such as a playground and ball field were developed.
In 1973, Anchorage residents passed a bond measure to build the first four miles of the Chester Creek Bike Trail. This effort was led by Lanie Fleischer and a handful of dedicated citizens who saw the value in a trail system that would connect children to schools, parks and libraries.
Development of the park continued in the 1970's with the addition of a picnic shelter. In the mid-80's, the MOA acquired the adjacent property to the east adding another 2.83 acres of wooded area to the park.
In 2010, the Municipality invested $500,000 worth of improvements in the park. Parks and Recreation added a second picnic shelter, replaced and upgraded play equipment, improved ADA accessibility, and added landscaping and stream bank restoration.
Parks and Recreation seeks to address two main issues with the site plan update: 1) overflow parking onto 17th Ave, and 2) to provide formal direction to the off-leash dog area.
Public engagement is important to any planning project. To ensure that the updated site plan aligns with the desires of the community, Parks and Recreation is working with an advisory group. The goals of the advisory group are to:
- Step 1 - Identify current and future needs
- Step 2 - Prioritize desired improvements
- Step 3 - Build consensus around a site plan alternative
The final product is a site plan that identifies future improvements and establishes a framework for fundraising.
Advisory Group Meeting Minutes
Location: Federation of Community Councils (1057 West Fireweed Lane)
Site Plan Approval Process
Parks and Recreation will begin the approval process in fall of 2014. Parks and Recreation will present the preferred alternative site plan to local Community Councils, the Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Urban Design Commission for approval. The public will have an opportunity for comment at these meetings.