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.