Challenge Grants Announced!

This year, we awarded 20 challenge grants, totaling $257,187! Thank you to the Rasmuson Foundation for supporting our hugely successful Challenge Grant Program over the years.

2013 Grantees:
  • Abe’s Trail Clearing in Girdwood – $4,000
    The Girdwood Trails Committee will clear the Abe’s Trail extension of the Beaver Pond Trail of heavy tree parts early in summer 2013 to make way for Youth Employment in Parks crew work.
  • Arctic Benson Neighborhood Park Improvements – $40,000
    This dedicated group of volunteers and neighbors is devoted to revitalizing Arctic Benson Park and creating an enclosed dog park.
  • Connors Bog Kiosk   – $823
    Eagle Scout Candidate Gunnar Flotre will build an informational kiosk at this popular location to display a sign listing the rules of an off-leash dog park.
  • Didlika Park – $4,050
    The Polynesian Association of Alaska will beautify Didlika Park with Turnagain neighbors.
  • Gazebo at Glenn-Bragaw Gardens – $3,000
    High School student Grant George will design and install a gazebo for the Anchorage Community Land Trust’s Glenn-Bragaw gardens.
  • Kincaid Park Jodphur Trailhead Kiosk – $4,000
    Eagle Scout George Cruikshank plans to refurbish the informational kiosk at the Jodhpur trailhead with new paint, updated signage, brush clearing, and bench installation.
  • North Kincaid Singletrack – $20,000
    The Singletrack Advocates plan to design and construct 6 miles of singletrack – soft-surface, narrow trails favored by mountain bikers – on the north side of Kincaid Park. The group will work with volunteers on sustainable trail construction.
  • Little Dipper Park Viewing Area – $6,000
    Eagle Scout Candidate Brian Durr plans to install a platform in Little Dipper Park, adding two benches to facilitate viewing of the Chugach. 
  • Lloyd Steele Park & Field Upgrades – $20,000
    AK Rush Soccer Club will make field, landscape, and play area improvements to this neighborhood park. 
  • Moen Park – $40,000
    Neighbors Michelle and Jim Rogers are fundraising to develop Moen Park for active play spaces in 2014, including a playground. 
  • Momentary View:  Old Hermit Park – $5,741
    The Fish Creek Working Group of Spenard neighbors will design and install an earthworks type sculpture.
  • The Mosaic Project: Girdwood Town Square Park – $11,000
    The Girdwood Art Institute plans to create and install mosaics in the new Girdwood Town Square Park.  Community volunteers will participate year-round in all phases of the project.
  • Mutt Mitt Station Installation in Bancroft and Waldorf Parks – $550
    The Anchorage Waterways Council and the Campbell Park Community Council will install two Mutt-Mitt stations: along Campbell Trail by Shelikof, and near Waldron Lake.
  • NSAA Spencer Loop Trail Repair – $20,000
    Over the next two summers Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage will flatten, repair, and rebuild this popular 4.5 km loop.
  • Refugee Fresh International Gardens (FIG) “Re-Fresh” Project – $2,100
    Fresh International Gardens in Davis Park is run by refugee gardeners (enrolled with Catholic Social Services Refugee Immigration Assistance & Immigration Services) and provides refugees with an activity that helps them interact with Mountain View neighbors, and a way to earn money. FIG Refresh will replace a dilapidated plastic shed with a larger wooden shed, and fix two areas of fencing. 
  • Roosevelt Park Swingset – $12,500
    Neighbor Kelly Petersen plans to install a swingset and fall surfacing in Roosevelt Park. 
  • Russian Jack Golf Course Upgrades – $20,000
    First Tee of Alaska plans to replace the tee boxes and greens at Russian Jack Golf Course.
  • StoryTRACKS – $7,700
    Best Beginnings plans to construct a series of signs, each featuring the pages of a children’s book, to be placed at intervals along a trail. The set of signs will be available to check out for use at different park and trail events.
  • City Wide Tennis Court Repairs  – $15,723
    The Anchorage Tennis Association will raise funds to improve nets, posts, sun and windscreens in five parks:  Delaney, Taku, Forsythe, Scenic and Pop Carr. 
  • Westchester Lagoon Landscaping and Art Installation – $20,000
    Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR) will landscape and install a sculpture at the Westchester Lagoon confluence of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and the Chester Creek Trail.