Anchorage Parks and Recreation is responsible for beautifying parks, natural areas, and recreation facilities, and operates year-round
recreation programs for all ages and abilities. The department also oversees Anchorage's horticulture and
park maintenance, and provides support for
dog parks and a
Youth Employment in Parks (YEP) program that offers teens a gateway into the natural resources workforce. Anchorage Parks and Recreation also supports hundreds of volunteers through special events, park adoptions, and program instruction at locations throughout the city.
The Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department proudly maintains 10,946 acres of municipal parkland; 224 parks with 82 playgrounds; 250 miles of trails and greenbelts linking neighborhoods with surrounding natural open spaces and wildlife habitat (135 miles of paved trails); 110 athletic fields; five pools; 11 recreation facilities; and a dedicated team of year-round and seasonal department employees..