Park Founders Day


Park Founders Day was a huge success! Thank you to everybody that participated, volunteered, and took part in our event. For ten years, the Anchorage Park Foundation has facilitated park improvement projects driven by neighborhood initiative. Last month the Anchorage Park Foundation hosted Park Founders’ Day on the Delaney Park Strip to celebrate the achievements and hard work of people who have put time, energy and fun into making Anchorage’s public park and trail system what it is today – 223 dedicated city parks with over 250+ of maintained trails.

Guests of all ages joined to celebrate on a perfect sunny Alaska June day. Activities at the event included outdoor fun and games for all ages, live music from local bands Pikal and Swing 49, food trucks from local Anchorage vendors, dancers, and jugglers, facepainting, and a parks-themed selfie outdoor “photobooth”. Guests also witnessed the rebrand launch of the new Anchorage Trails and wayfinding system.

Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, former mayor and Coastal Trail namesake Tony Knowles, Chester Creek Trail namesake Lanie Fleischer, and Anchorage Park Foundation Executive Director Beth Nordlund all spoke about the legacy of Anchorage Parks and Trails created by thoughtful park founders in the community.

Tony Knowles and Lanie Fleischer Vic Fischer and Jane Angvik