Dave Rose Park Inclusive Playground

Dave Rose Park Playground, 201 Lane Street. Physical, sensory, and social play opportunities: climbing, nooks, sliding, spinning, swinging. Access: bus stop, ADA accessible on-street parking. Playground age range: 2-5 years old, 5-12 years old. Seating: benches, picnic tables with covered pavillion. Playground surfacing: artificial turf. Play area with barrier: no.

Park Improvements:

    • Install ADA accessible playground
    • Install neighbor painted benches
    • Upgrade safety surfacing
    • Upgrade, repair, and paint park amenities
    • Thinning and weeding

DSC_0255In 2015, Dave Rose Park became one of the main inclusive playgrounds to open in Anchorage. The new play equipment is aviation-themed, designed through the inspiration of watching children playing at Dave Rose Park looking to the skies in wonder at air traffic from Merrill Field and Elmendorf Air Force. Park improvements included removing underbrush and trim trees in forested areas, repairing or replacing bollards, painting benches, and removing graffiti and litter across the park. Funding for the park came from a combination of sources including the accessible features of the play area made possible by more than $50,000 from the Rasmuson Foundation and a $25,000 gift by a private donor supporting inclusive play initiatives for Anchorage. A grant of $50,000 was given by the State of Alaska for Mountain View and Russian Jack vandalism prevention and more than $100,000 of municipality funding was leveraged.

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