Features & Amenities
- Accessible play equipment for 5-12 year olds
- Little League ball field
- Parking lot with 21 spaces
In fall 2008, over 1,000 Anchorage parks supporters participated in grading neighborhood parks for the Anchorage Parks Report Card. The Anchorage Park Foundation and the Parks & Recreation Department use information from these local “Fix-It Lists” to engage local Very Important Park Committees in planning Fix-It efforts in neighborhood parks.
The Russian Jack Community Council is deeply committed to creating a community center at Willawaw Park. In the past 10 years, the RJCC has raised funds for and constructed a playground and also secured a legislative grant for further improvements to Willawaw Park. This summer the Russian Jack Very Important Parks Committee gathered extensive community support for improvements, and even secured volunteer commitment to watering the lawn.
The VIP Committee elected to focus its resources on the following “fix-its”:
- Removing graffiti and repainting park equipment;
- Creating a new flowerbed;
- Adding a new trail connection;
- Installing a new basketball court;
- Relocating the baseball backstop;
- Installing updated park signs; and
- Irrigating the lawn area.
APF and APRD engaged teen crews from the Youth Employment in Parks program to create the new soft-surface trail linking the east and west sides of the park. These partnerships enable APF and APRD to connect youth to job opportunities while accomplishing needed improvements in neighborhood parks.
Thanks to the Russian Jack Very Important Parks Committee parks committee for their involvement in prioritizing repairs and recruiting volunteers! For photos of these improvements and many others, please visit the Anchorage Park Foundation Facebook page (no account needed).
The APF is proud to fund neighborhood park fix-its with support from the Rasmuson Foundation & the Alaska State Legislature.
2006 Anchorage Park Foundation Challenge Grant
Russian Jack Community Council installed playground equipment in Williwaw Park on June 22, 2006. This grantprovided funds for landscaping and a trail through the park.
A williwaw is a violent gust of cold wind blowing seaward from
a mountainous coast or a squall.
This property was transferred from the Heritage Land Bank to the Parks & Recreation Department as parkland in 1998. The property was intended for use as a Little League ball field. The
ball field and a small playground were developed in 2003.