the sign for Chanshtnu food forest
Anchorage Parks and Recreation

Chanshtnu Muldoon Park

​​​​​​Phase Two Development​​​

Intersection of Debarr Rd and Muldoon Rd​ (View Map)

​Project Overview​

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Chanshtnu Muldoon Park is one of Anchorage'​s newest and most celebrated parks. Created in 2015, the park officially opened in June 2018 with the completion of the ice-skating ribbon, farmers market space, inclusive playground, and custom picnic pavilion; in the Muldoon area of the park.

In 2020-21, construction at Chanshtnu Muldoon Park began in the core area of the park with the development of an off-leash dog park, nature trails, community garden, and food forest. Construction will continue in 2022, with the addition of a bike pump track, nature play area, and the first of two bridges connecting the Muldoon area and core area of the park.

Overview of Phase Two Development

Chanshtnu inspiration board

Anchorage Parks and Recreation is continuing the success of Chanshtnu Muldoon Park with the development of Phase Two. This phase focuses on the core area of Chanshtnu Muldoon Park. It includes a mix of developed facilities and natural areas intended for use by the larger community and neighborhood residents.​

Chanshtnu community garden

In 2020, construction began with the development of a parking lot and utilities and finished in 2021 with the completion of the off-leash dog park, community garden and food forest, as well as nature trails and overlooks. In 2022, Parks and Recreation will be constructing a new bike pump track and nature play area and will be installing the first of two bridges connecting the Muldoon and core areas of the park.

In 2022, the community garden will open to the public with forty (40) 10’x20’ garden plots and eleven (11) raised ADA-accessible garden beds available.

​Phase Two Project Funding​

Phase Two of the Chanshtnu Muldoon Park project includes $750,000 in federal grants, $500,000 in municipal bonds, $40,000 from an Anchorage Park Foundation Challenge Grant, and $20,000 in private donations.

There is currently an additional $200,000 on the 2022 park bond.

Park History

Chanshtnu Muldoon Park is a newly dedicated community use park located in the heart of east Anchorage at the southeast corner of the road intersection at Muldoon and DeBarr. The park encompasses 26.74 acres of natural and previously-developed areas, with features that include the South Fork of Chester Creek, outstanding views of the Chugach Mountains, and lush upland forests and open meadows.

Originally referred to as Muldoon Town Square Park during initial planning stages, the park underwent a formal naming process, after which Chanshtnu Muldoon Park was decided. The name Chanshtnu Muldoon Pa​rk ties the past to the present in a public space future generations will enjoy. “Chanshtnu” refers to the Dena’ina name for “Chester Creek,​" a defining feature of the park's landscape. “Muldoon” is a common place name honoring an early Anchorage homesteader in the area.​​


Steve Rafuse
Park Superintendent​