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Anchorage Park Foundation Announces It Will Fund $200,000 In Community Challenge Grants For Park Improvements

Seeking applicants who want to make a difference in a neighborhood park

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Wednesday January 16, 2013 – Have you always wanted to do something to improve your neighborhood park or trail? Does your community garden need some help to grow? Have a great project but not enough funds? Citizens can now apply for an Anchorage Park Foundation Challenge Grant. APF will match money raised, volunteer time and in-kind donations $1 for $1.

Since 2006, APF has awarded 61 Challenge Grants for park and trail improvements throughout Anchorage, featuring a wide variety of projects, including: facility upgrades; garden improvements; art installations; and recreation opportunities. As a result of past APF Challenge Grants, the Anchorage community has significantly revitalized our parks.

“The Rasmuson Foundation really understands that our work is about community,” says Executive Director Beth Nordlund. “Volunteers who love their parks truly enjoy these projects.”

Previous Challenge Grantee Tracy Fischbach says, “We at the C St. Gardens in Midtown received a 2010 Challenge Grant for a fence and landscaping, and the community gardens have never looked better. We were able to secure in-kind support and the volunteers loved helping!”

APF will be accepting applications until Friday, March 22nd. Two free workshops are scheduled for the evenings of February 11th at Spenard Recreation Center and 27th at Fairview Recreation Center, where applicants will have the opportunity to work with volunteer landscape architects on their applications

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