Announcing Community Challenge Grantees 2017

In Spring 2017 the Anchorage Park Foundation approved $200,000 in challenge grants for 16 community groups committed to improving Anchorage parks and trails! Projects include:

Bartlett High Swimming Pool Timing System – $5,000

Central Area Swimming is raising cash and in-kind services for a new timing system and scoreboard for Bartlett Pool. The new equipment at Alaska’s only 50 meter Olympic-sized pool will bring it into compliance with competitive USA Swimming regulations for the 4,000 swimmers and athletes who compete there.


Dave Rose Park Cricket (Kilikiti) – $20,000

The Alaska Cricket Association will layout and construct a permanent home and pitch for Kilikiti (Samoan Cricket) at Dave Rose Park.




Far North Bicentennial Park Nature Preserve Signage – $750

Ann Gabler will install discreet signage for a quiet nature preserve within Far North Bicentennial Park that uses existing wildlife game trails used by park users. Signage will advise park users of the resource protection and natural character of the park area.






Fairview Park Improvements – $20,000

The Fairview Community Council and Anchorage Community Land Trust are working with neighbors to improve Fairview Park landscaping, amenities and art.




Folker Park Fitness Equipment – $12,500

Friends of Folker Park and Providence Horizon House are  leveraging the public’s recent municipal bond support for health- and healing-themed park improvements at Folker Park and raising funds for an intergenerational fitness equipment area on the west side of Folker Park.


Girdwood Beaver Pond Trail – $8,250

The Girdwood Trails Committee will improve a 1/2 mile rough drainage section of the Beaver Pond Trail, the non-motorized trail which connects the Bird to Gird trail along Turnagain Arm with Crow Creek Road.







Girdwood Skate Park Renovation – $5,000

Friends of Girdwood Skate Park and the City of Girdwood will rebuild the Half Pipe Ramp with storage closet, build an information kiosk, and add safety features to the existing ramps in the park.

Hillside Park Singletrack Expansion – $10,000

Singletrack Advocates will build an additional 6 miles of one-directional singletrack bike trail that will interconnect with the existing Hillside STA trail system. This will bring 2.7 miles of advanced trails and 3.3 of intermediate trails to the system.



Hostetler Park Renovations – $10,000

Victims for Justice, with the help of Anchorage Downtown Rotary, will replant the Tree of Life currently located on the Delaney Park Strip, repair and replace the memorial honoring victims of violent crimes at Hostetler Park, provide a safe and accessible pathway to the memorial and improve the park for visitors.







McPhee Community Gardens & Gardens at Bragaw – $1,500

Boy Scout Troop #214, with leadership from troop members Robert Allen and Steven Carraway, will build and install wooden garden plot markers for the McPhee Community Gardens at Davis Park and the Gardens at Bragaw.



Muldoon Town Square Park Community Garden and Orchard – $24,000

The Northeast Community Council park committee will build garden beds, install fences and create signage for a new community garden space and orchard for East Anchorage’s first “food forest” at  Muldoon Town Square Park.


Ruth Arcand Park Northwest Improvements – $20,000

Pacific Northern Academy and neighbors will bring a trailhead, multi-use loop trail and amenities to the northwest corner of Ruth Arcand Park.



Sand Lake Park Lakeside Learning Lab – $20,000

Sand Lake Elementary students in partnership with Schools on Trails will build an outdoor lakeside learning lab in nearby Sand Lake Park.




South Anchorage Sports Park RC Racetrack – $10,000

The Anchorage Radio Operated Auto Racing Association will rebuild a radio control off-road racetrack facility with lighting at South Anchorage Sports Park.









Whisper Faith Kovach Park Enhancements – $13,000

Neighbors and friends of Whisper Faith Kovach Memorial Park are  leveraging the public’s recent municipal bond support for playground safety enhancements and a fenced dog park with tree plantings and park amenities to increase the community feel of the park.



Wolverine Park Learning Lab – $20,000

Campbell Elementary School students in partnership with Schools on Trails will bring educational improvements and trail upgrades to nearby Wolverine Park. Campbell is the first STEM elementary school in Anchorage, and the park will have an outdoor learning lab for hands-on nature education opportunities.