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First Fenced Dog Park Opens in Midtown

ANCHORAGE, Alaska--Calling all dog lovers! Arctic Benson Park now features a new fenced dog park as part of a neighborhood effort to transform the park into a safe and healthy place.

In 2011, over 50 neighbors and volunteers filled out report cards critiquing Arctic Benson Park, cumulatively giving it an F. Thanks to a dedicated committee formed to identify needed park improvements, the Anchorage Park Foundation successfully secured $83,000 from the Alaska State Legislature to improve Arctic Benson Park in the summer of 2013.

Organizer Karen Dechman has been devoted to this project for two years. “This is a very big deal for dog owners, especially our disabled veterans and elderly who struggle with finding a place to exercise their beloved dogs.  But Dechman believes that the improvement will also affect those without pets. “It is also a great way for people who might have few other opportunities to connect with their community, to meet neighbors and make friends.“

The Alaska State Legislature, Rasmuson Foundation, and the Anchorage Park Foundation worked together to raise the funding for this project, which was implemented by the Anchorage Parks & Recreation Department . Thanks also to SPCA, Access Alaska, Midtown Community Council, REI, Wells Fargo, ML&P, AWWU, and all the individuals who generously gave of their time to promote this popular project.

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