Anchorage gets grant for park

August 3, 2017 by  

The National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior recently announced that Anchorage has won a $750,000 grant it can use to develop Muldoon Town Square Park.

The park is located at the corner of Muldoon and DeBarr roads, and when completed, will comprise approximately 27 acres, following a master plan that was approved last year. The park will feature areas that have previously been developed, as well as natural environments.

Currently, visitors can access places like Chester Creek, which is an undeveloped, natural spot, but construction zones are closed for the moment. Places that are off-limits include a playground, picnic shelter, and plazas, which are all part of the project’s first phase.

The federal money that was just granted to the city will be used to develop the second phase of the park. According to Josh Durand, the municipal parks superintendent, this phase includes a dog park, bike park, community gardens, and a community orchard. Durand added that everyone is excited that the additional funds have been forthcoming, since he believes northeast Anchorage needs a destination park such as this. The park is taking over the site of a commercial nursery – Alaska Greenhouses.

Efforts like this often thrive if officials work with a brochure printing company to develop an illustrated booklet for wide distribution, showing the amenities of the new green space, and encouraging residents to visit.