Parks

Anchorage Park Report Cards help our parks get much needed upgrades by documenting needed fixes. We have posted a menu of East Anchorage Park Report Card web galleries to show work that has recently been done or needs to be done in 10 East Anchorage parks, six of them in Scenic Foothills.

Arnold L. Muldoon Park, 7600 East Northern Lights Blvd., was part of the tract belonging to homesteader Arnold Muldoon, who built what is now Muldoon Road as an access road around World War II. He sold this piece, which runs from Northern Lights Blvd. to 32nd Avenue between Muldoon Road and Patterson Street, to the Municipality for less than half its appraised value; he said the rest was a gift to the city. Trails through the spruce trees include a fitness course. Arnold L. Muldoon Park Report Card web gallery is here. Volunteer woodcutters worked to remove downed trees for wildfire mitigation and bring firewood to trailheads on 32nd Avenue for use by local residents in 2012-2013. See news page for details. See also, this downloadable pdf file.

Baxter Bog Park & Alicia Iden Nature Trail, 3424 Lunar Circle. New boardwalk and platform overlooking the pond was installed in September 2009. This Challenge Grant group is raising funds to complete the outdoor classroom. See also Master Plan Upgrade, Timeline and Site Plan (PDF) New Baxter Bog Park Report Card web gallery is here.

Chugach Foothills Park. See new Chugach Foothills Park Report Card web gallery. Throughout 2009, Friends of Chugach Foothills Park, 7975 Pioneer Drive, worked with Parks & Beautification staff to address a list of “fix-its” from the 2008 Parks Report Card process. Volunteers thinned brush and trees and removed litter. The volleyball court was re-lined and re-sanded and playground equipment was repaired. New park benches and bear-resistant trash containers were installed and park shrubbery received a trim. An ash bin for safe disposal of hot barbecue coals was installed in 2011. Scenic Foothills Community Council received a legislative grant in 2010 to install motion detector lights and surveillance cameras in the park. Motion detector lights have been installed. Chugach Foothills Park (see this link for a description of the park upgrade) web galleries are here.

Far North Bicentennial Park (adjacent to our boundaries)

Little Dipper Park, 8551 Little Dipper Avenue Volunteer-Powered Park Fix-it July 9, 2011. About 60 volunteers worked with Anchorage Parks & Beautification to refurbish this neighborhood park and playground. They removed damaged trees and stumps, hauled topsoil, painted the fence and installed new signs and bear resistant trash containers. The Parks Department provided a BBQ lunch. Anchorage Park Foundation posted a gallery of photos of the Fix-it Day on Facebook here. Little Dipper Park received a $42,000 legislative grant in 2010 to cover the cost of the upgrade. Franklin Durr received a $5,000 challenge grant from the Foundation, to be used in conjunction with his Eagle Scout project, to cover some of the Little Dipper Park "fix-its." In 2012, Little Dipper Park received a legislative grant to install motion detector lights and surveillance cameras. Little Dipper report card web gallery is here.

Scenic Park, 7305 Hennings Way, adjacent Scenic Park Elementary School, includes tennis courts. Scenic Park received a legislative grant to install motion detector lights and surveillance cameras. New playground equipment was installed in summer of 2013 and the lighted trail to Scenic Park Elementary School was upgraded. Scenic Park Ribbon Cutting was in September 2013. Scenic Park Report Card web gallery is here.

Totem Fields, behind Totem Theatres, is partially constructed and awaiting a legislative grant for completion. New Totem Fields Report Card web gallery is here.

Anchorage Park Foundation
Anchorage Parks Activity Guide Fall 2013
Anchorage Parks & Recreation
Anchorage Park Development and Natural Resources