On Friday, Turnagain Elementary third graders will walk along the Coastal Trail to Earthquake Park for a special Anchorage Park Foundation Schools on Trails ribbon cutting and celebration.
New signs were installed this fall along the Inside the Slide Trail, a soft-surface, interpretive trail which branches from the Coastal Trail near the Earthquake Park overlook. The signs explore the history and aftermath of the Great Alaska Earthquake that occurred on Good Friday, March 27, 1964, causing one of the most devastating landslides in American history. Turnagain Elementary third graders will have the opportunity to read about the 9.2 magnitude earthquake, which generated the Turnagain slide, and how it affected the natural landscape, dropping 40 ft or moving 100 to 500 ft sideways in some places. The signs tell the story of Earthquake Park’s ecology and geology, one that is easily overlooked without the interpretive signage.
This spring, additional refurbished, interpretive signs were installed at the overlook to replace damaged and aging signs.
The students will walk 1.5 miles from their school to the site, followed by a ribbon cutting for the new signs at 1:30pm. After the program, the third graders will explore the trail and engage with the informative signs before returning to school.
The public is welcome to join the ribbon cutting celebrating the new interpretive signs.
Interpretive Signs Ribbon Cutting
Friday May 13th, 1:30pm
See Map (Ribbon Cutting at Sign 1)