Last summer we worked with local families, the Parks & Recreation Department, and policy makers to raise funds and build six playgrounds!
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201 E. 40th Ave. | Midtown
We celebrated Ted Stevens “Get Out and Play” Day with a ribbon cutting for Alaska’s first 100% fully inclusive Boundless playground in Cuddy Family Midtown Park. With over 1,000 attendees, the celebration was full of laughter as well as tears of joy. Children with disabilities will be able to play independently in a safe environment, and parents and grandparents with disabilities will be able to play with their children, without barriers, in Anchorage’s crown-jewel park. We believe that no child should have to sit on the sidelines and watch their peers play. The playground will not be officially open until mid-August, after the completion of a rigorous safety audit.
801 Pine Street | East Anchorage
The polar bear playground at North Russian Jack Springs Park is officially open for play. In addition to the polar bear slide, the playground has a number of other Alaskan themed play structures, including a raven, a boat, and a small airplane and airport.
Peter Briggs of Corvus Designs says, “With its focus on Alaskan transportation and two iconic Alaskan animals, we’re very proud to think that we’ve helped to design a playground that is as unique as the community it serves. Playground design is always meaningful to us, but this project is especially meaningful knowing that it came out of an extensive public conversation. Our smile gets larger and larger the closer we get to having laughing kids crawl all over this. We’re honored to have been involved.”
Click here to see photos of the transformation from abandoned space to vibrant recreation hub!
Campbell Park Playground – OPEN
2365 E. 48th Ave. | Lake Otis & Tudor
Fairview Lions Park Playground – OPEN
1201 E. 8th Ave. | Fairview
The new playground in Fairview Lions Park includes a “fireweed forest,” tree swing, and giant bugs to crawl on, as well as the more traditional equipment such as slides and monkey bars. The playground is purple and green to represent Alaska’s famous fireweed wildflower, as well as the Fairview neighborhood. The new playground was made possible with support from the Alaska State Legislature, the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department, and the Anchorage Park Foundation. This is part of an effort to revitalize Fairview Lions Park, which received a D on its report card in 2011.
Scenic Park Playground – OPEN
7305 Hennings Way | Muldoon
In 2003, vandals burned down the play equipment at Scenic Park. A decade later, new playground was installed thanks to the Alaska State Legislature, Anchorage Park Foundation, and Anchorage Parks & Recreation Department. A group of engaged neighbors and members of the Scenic Foothills Community Council set the priorities for the revitalized park plan.
Fairbanks Park Playground – OPEN
530 E. 11th Ave. | Fairview
Fairbanks Park has a new tot lot and playground! In 2012, a Legislative Grant for $50,000 was awarded to the Anchorage Park Foundation for capital improvements at Fairbanks Park. Now, the old play equipment has been replaced and retrofitted with new, vibrant play equipment that is ready for use.