Features & Amenities
- Fishing at Little Campbell Lake
- 60 Kilometers of trails, including over 17 kilometers of lit trails
- Biathlon range with paved trail for summer biathlon use
- Accessible play equipment for 5-12 year olds
- Picnic Shelter
- Kincaid Outdoor Center, with meeting rooms and other public facilities
- Soccer fields
- Disc Golf course
- Jodphur Motocross Area
- Archery range
- Hundesport dog training area
- Access to the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
- Sledding hill
- Grass concert area
- Two Race Timing Buildings
Kincaid Park is named for Ralph Kincaid, an early homesteader in the Sand Lake area. Mr. Kincaid founded Granite Products, Inc., which later became known as Kincaid & King Construction. His construction company contributed equipment and services for the construction of several playing fields and playgrounds throughout Anchorage. Kincaid was also an early leader in bringing Little League Baseball to Anchorage.
“Kincaid Park” was originally a 27 acre tract of land located near the northeast side of Jewel Lake. In the mid-1960’s the Municipality of Anchorage acquired land near the Airport and Kincaid Park was relocated to this site.
As of 1973, the Kincaid Park Master Plan outlined a multi-use area comprising 120 acres near Little Campbell Lake. The Municipality of Anchorage accessed this land through a land use permit from the State, and further owned 389 acres off of Jodphur Street. Until 1975, there was a junk car crushing operation at the site off of Jodphur Street.
In 1973, the Parks & Recreation Department issued a permit to develop cross country ski trails at the Little Campbell Lake site. In 1974 Anchorage hosted the FIS Cross Country Ski Championships using these trails.
Kincaid grew to its present size through a land transfer from the Air Force in 1980. In 1959, the military base at Kincaid became host to the first operational Nike-Hercules Unit. The site housed one of the most advanced radar systems of the day, maintained 24 hours a day with 100 men on alert seven days a week. The missile battery was deactivated in 1979 and assigned to the jurisdiction of Elmendorf Air Force Base. The Air Force transferred the land to the Municipality of Anchorage through the Federal Land Surplus Act on November 25, 1980.
In 1983, the Municipality assigned the land to the Parks & Recreation Department. In 1985, Parks & Recreation commenced construction of the Kincaid Outdoor Center, using one of the existing Nike Hercules missile silos. Another bunker was remodeled to accommodate large groups.
Today, Kincaid Park hosts many events each year, including international cross-country skiing competitions, Special Olympics, Tuesday Night Races and thousands of trail users, sledders, mountain bikers and walkers. The Anchorage Park Foundation has partnered with the Rasmuson Foundation and the soccer community to construct seven competitiona and one championship soccer field at Kincaid Park. The Kincaid Outdoor Center has a spectacular view of Denali, the Alaska Range and Cook Inlet, Fire Island and jets landing at the airport.
The Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage has pioneered trail development in Kincaid Park through volunteer labor, funding and support for maintenance.