May 19, 2017, Anchorage, AK – On Saturday, May 20 the Samoan cricket (Kilikiti) community will celebrate their new official field which constructed in Dave Rose Park this week. There will be a ribbon cutting with Mayor Berkowitz at 8am followed by an entire day of tournaments.
The Alaska Cricket Association was awarded a $20,000 Anchorage Park Foundation Challenge Grant for the project, which will be matched with private donations and volunteer hours. The Kilikiti community has been playing in parks all over Anchorage for the last few years and applied for the grant in hopes of building a permanent home. The new layout includes a 455 square foot concrete pitch surrounded by a large circular field. Previously they had to bring plywood to the parks to create a makeshift pitch. Construction began May 15th and was completed just in time for the tournament.
The Anchorage Park Foundation awarded 16 Challenge Grants for community projects like this earlier in the month. Challenge Grants encourage community stewardship and partnership to make positive changes in Anchorage’s parks and trails. Recipients of the grant must match the funds with private donations, in-kind services, or volunteer hours.
Ribbon Cutting and Kilikiti Tournament (Samoan Cricket)
Saturday May 20th, 8am
Dave Rose Park
201 Lane St.