Balto Seppala Park

3360 Wisconsin St or 3451 Milky Way Drive View map

RESERVATIONS: contact the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department at 343-4355.

Features & Amenities

  • ADA accessible playground with turf
  • Oodle swing
  • Community Little Free Library
  • Picnic shelter and tables
  • Play equipment for 2-5 year olds
  • Play equipment for 5-12 year olds
  • Sledding hill
  • Two soccer fields
  • Portable restrooms available from May through August
  • The Forestry Council placed a tree demonstration project in the park to test what trees would be appropriate to plant near right-of-ways
  • Wisconsin parking lot with 58 spaces
  • Milky Way Drive parking lot with 43 spaces


This parkland was purchased in 1978, and the Turnagain Community council held a contest to name the park. It was named Balto, or “overcoat”, after Leonard Seppala’s dog Balto, who was a sled dog in the teams who ran diphtheria serum to Nome in the run that inspired the Iditarod Race.

In 1982, the Parks & Recreation Department worked with the community to develop a master plan for this site. In 1986, the bog area of the park was filled in by a contractor. In 1995, the Kiwanis Club of Anchorage raised money to build a playground.

In 2014, the Turnagain Community Council helped with plans for a new playground and picnic shelter.


Report Card

To read the 2011 Report Card for this park, click here.
For more information on Park Report Cards in general, click here.

Reservations: contact the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department at 343-4355. The Anchorage Park Foundation is not a department of the Municipality of Anchorage, and cannot process reservations!

Making Anchorage a Better Place
to Live, Work & Play

The Anchorage Park Foundation facilitates park improvement projects that are driven by neighborhood initiative.

We’re a non-profit, operating outside of the Municipality of Anchorage, and are responsible & accountable to our donors' intent.

Help Improve Balto Seppala Park

Municipal Districts
  • Community Council: Turnagain
  • Legislative District: 21K
  • Assembly District: 3

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