2022 Parks Bond: Prop 5 – Vote YES!

Anchorage Parks and Recreation Capital Improvements on the Bond

Vote by Mail Begins: March 15, 2022
Voting Ends: April 5, 2022

Our parks and trails have been there for us during this pandemic. Now they need us. We get the chance to invest in our community through the park and recreation bond in the March municipal election. Public parks are essential to healthy, resilient communities all the time, but this pandemic underscores the importance of close-to-home parks. Urban access to outdoor recreation and nature is more than a coronavirus-era necessity. It is vital to the health of our community.

This year’s parks bond makes great progress toward our community’s shared vision to improve and expand our greenbelt trail system so we can continue to enjoy our free-flowing creeks and the salmon and wildlife they provide. From Chugach State Park to Tikahtnu Cook Inlet, our mountains-to-the-sea experiences along the Chester Creek, Ship Creek, Campbell Creek and Fish Creek watersheds are worth the investment. Anchorage loves the Moose Loop!

Two trail projects are with state/federal Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions (AMATS) that need a 9% match to leverage millions in federal funding. The Fish Creek Trail to the Ocean and Coastal Trail to Ship Creek Trail are moving forward in planning, design, and engineering so we can build as early as 2024. Government Hill, Chanshtnu Muldoon, Ure, Eastchester and Russian Jack Springs Parks are just a few of the items that reflect decades of vision from neighbors and advocates taking their dreams to countless meetings to influence master plans for future development. Thank you for your service!

Bonds allow us to build parks and trails. With a YES vote, property owners are agreeing to pay $1.54 per $100,000 of assessed value on their home to get nearly $4 million in 13 projects. That will retire the debt and pay for operations and maintenance. Taxpayers in Chugiak, Eagle River, and Girdwood reside outside of the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Service Area so their property taxes will not be affected by a YES vote.

This year the Municipal Elections team has a #TrackYourBallot option. Sign up at AnchorageVotes.com for text and email alerts to find out exactly where your ballot is at every point in the process. You have until April 5 to return it to one of 18 secure ballot boxes, or stamp and mail it, or vote in person at City Hall or an accessible voting center. Questions? Call the voter hotline at 243-VOTE (8683).

2022 Anchorage Park Bond Projects:

Learn more about each proposed project from Anchorage Parks and Recreation.

  1. Athletic Fields Safety Improvements
  2. Campbell Creek Trail Rehabilitation and Wayfinding
  3. Chanshtnu Muldoon Park Phase 2
  4. Chester Creek Complex ADA and Security Upgrades
  5. Eastchester/Woodside Park on Chester Creek Trail
  6. Facility Safety
  7. Fish Creek Trail to the Ocean – Connection to Coastal Trail
  8. Government Hill Community-wide Park Plan and Improvements
  9. Pamela Joy Lowry Memorial Park & Trail Improvements
  10. Playground Development All Inclusive
  11. Russian Jack Springs Park Safety and ADA Improvements
  12. Tony Knowles Coastal Trail to Ship Creek Trail Connection
  13. Ure Park Improvements and Fish Creek Trail Connection

This communication paid for by Anchorage Park Foundation/3201 C Street Suite 110 Anchorage, AK 99503/Beth Nordlund, Executive Director/I Beth Nordlund/ approved this message