Charles Smith Memorial Park

1860 A Street View map

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

Features & Amenities

  • Picnic tables
  • Basketball court
  • Play equipment
  • Two gorilla sculptures
  • On-street parking
  • Located in Chester Creek Greenbelt


  • 2006 Anchorage Park Foundation Challenge Grant recipient


This park was named for Charles Smith, an early pioneer in Alaska. He came to Seward in 1919 and traveled on the first train from Seward to Anchorage. He homesteaded on Fireweed
Lane in 1925 or 1926. He thought there should be a park for children in his area. His widow donated 70 acres, 15 of which are named in his honor.

The area named for him is located at the intersection of C Street and the Chester Creek Trail. The Anchorage Board of Realtors helped develop the park by planting trees and shrubs. The park was divided when A street was extended for easier access to Mulcahy & the Sullivan arena. This left the 15 acre parcel separate from the other 55 acres.

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 Charles Smith Memorial Park

Municipal Districts
  • Community Council: Fairview
  • Legislative District: 20J
  • Assembly District: I

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