The community identified eight core values as the basis for future action and decision-making for Anchorage’s parks, natural resources, and recreation facilities:
1. IMPROVE MAINTENANCE OF WHAT WE HAVE
The public’s number one concern for the Anchorage parks and recreation system is improving maintenance of existing facilities. The Department must maintain existing facilities to the quality expected by the community.
2. BUILD PRIVATE-PUBLIC PARTNERSHIPS
Private-public partnerships provide expertise, support and alternative sources of funding. Parks and Recreation should increase cooperation, build community vitality and maximize the use of public funds and public facilities.
3. PLAN PARKS AS COMMUNITY BUILDING BLOCKS
The Department should plan and redevelop parks to serve as community-gathering places and to stimulate area revitalization and economic development.
4. RECOGNIZE PARKS AS ECONOMIC ENGINES
Parks grow the economy by attracting people and their businesses; bring visitors and increase the quality of life for all residents. Anchorage should maximize these benefits.
5. BALANCED SERVICES FOR A DIVERSE COMMUNITY
The public sees a need to balance the distribution of neighborhood and community parks and better serve the community’s diverse population.
6. IMPROVE ACCESS AND CONNECTIONS
Trails are Anchorage’s most valued and treasured park system asset. They are recognized by residents and visitors as attractions, places to exercise, view wildlife and enjoy family outings. Improved connectivity will enhance Anchorage’s appeal.
7. INCREASE STEWARDSHIP OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Parks, greenbelts and natural areas provide for community definition and a sense of wilderness close to home. They contribute to the quality of the local environment Anchorage residents value.
8. CREATE A STRONG PARKS AND RECREATION ORGANIZATION
Citizens want a strong, efficient, professional Parks and Recreation Department, and a dynamic Parks Commission, to wisely spend tax dollars and build community confidence in the Department.
Additionally, the Anchorage Park Foundation / Anchorage Parks & Recreation Department have adopted Public Private Partnership Values.