Fairview Park Improvements, 2021
1217 LaTouche Street, Anchorage, AK 99501
the past three years, Anchorage Parks and Recreation has worked with
the Fairview community to realize visions outlined in the 2018
Fairview Park Master Plan.
Fairview Park is a neighborhood use park located in the Fairview Community Council area. This one-acre park currently has a tennis court, play equipment suited for children ages two through five, two picnic shelters, and on-street parking. The shelters are available for public reservation.
During the 2020 summer season, the Parks Department continued this work by resurfacing the recreation court and installing new fencing around the area. The improvements are slotted to continue into 2021 with the completion of a mural on the mixed-use recreation court, designed by local artist Arielo “Bisco" Taylor.
Fairview Park was developed in 1968 with funds from a Capital Improvement bond secured in 1966. During the development, three different designs were used until the finished product was determined, as seen today. Additionally, Land Water Conservation Fund monies were used for development, as well as a 2006 Challenge Grant from Anchorage Park Foundation. The park was also a United Way 50th Anniversary Day of Caring Project. In 2011, the Parks Report Card indicated concerns about graffiti, human waste, empty alcohol bottles and drugs within the park boundaries, with residents asking for a playground paint refurbishment, and dog stations and trash cans installed, but worse, people reported feeling unsafe in Fairview Park. The "Fix It" list of 2011 included repair and replacement of a utility gate near the entrance, graffiti removal, installation of trash cans and dog stations, extending fencing to a street side, and a refurbishment of outdoor furniture.
The Fairview Community Council approved the master plan with a resolution of support in April, 2017, and the Parks and Recreation Commission approved this plan with a resolution of support during a December 2017 meeting.
In 2019, the park received new playground amenities, and new lighting in the two pavilions; two improvements advocated for in the master planning process.
- COMPLETE: Purchase and install new play equipment including a custom 'Raven' climber
- COMPLETE: Install lighting into each of the existing pavilions on site (two total)
- COMPLETE: Convert tennis court into a mixed use volleyball/basketball court
- 2020-2021: Continued placemaking efforts, including partnership with the Anchorage Museum.
- 2018 Municipality of Anchorage Park Bond: $250,000
- Inclusive Play - Anchorage Park Foundation funding: $58,000
- Anchorage Park Foundation Challenge grant: $11,000
- 2017 Mayor's Resiliency grant: $8,000
- 2017 State of Alaska Food Forest grant: $900