Ure Park Improvements, 2021
2108 Roosevelt Dr (Map)
Anchoraage Parks and Recreation is currently working with community stakeholders to determine needs and desires related to Ure Park. A site plan will provide a 20-year vision for the park, and help identify both current and future needs for the park's sustainability. Throughout the site planning process, Parks and Rec will look to address issues and concerns and establish a framework for future development of the park.
Ure Park is a 1.82 acre neighborhood park in the historic Spenard area of Anchorage, and abuts the scenic Fish Creek. The city purchased the land from Barbara Ure in 1982, and the former Ure residence has been used by the Spenard Lions Club as a meeting place.
In 2017, Parks and Recreation removed the structure on the site due to safety concern,s and in 2018 hosted a volunteer event to limb vegetation, pick up trash, and remove invasive species. In April 2019, voters approved a $100,000 municipal bond to continue park improvements.
In the spring of 2020, a survey was conducted of the park property, and a Parks and Recreation planning team assigned this project is currently assessing costs associated with building a bridge or passage across Fish Creek. This assessment will include a flood study and secure permitting that would facilitate safe passage to the Fish Creek Trail.
This project has been brought to two Spenard Community Council meetings in the past three years, and has had two consecutive years of volunteer events (2018 and 2019) that included brush clearing and garbage cleanup in the park. During the last volunteer event and the last community council meeting, members of the community were encouraged to provide input for their visions of the park, with a general consensus since indicating that members of the neighborhood would prefer the area be preserved in its natural condition, but activated in such a way to benefit the community through programming (i.e. a trail spur to existing Fish Creek Trail, which runs behind the park, and/or a community garden.)