Russian Jack Springs Park Golf Course Reopens
First Tee of Alaska To Host Grand Re-Opening on Monday
JULY 2, 2014, Anchorage, AK – Russian Jack Springs Park Golf Course reopens next week with cause for celebration. Since May, the course has been closed for improvements. Outdated golf course tee boxes have been replaced with new ones, and course greens have been resurfaced with new artificial turf.
The improvements were advocated for by The First Tee of Alaska, a nonprofit youth development organization that uses golf’s nine holes to promote nine core values and healthy habits to kids. First Tee has been teaching their program from Russian Jack Golf Course since 2006.
“We saw a great need for improvements to the golf course,” says Becky Erickson, President of First Tee of Alaska. “That’s why we applied for a challenge grant with the Anchorage Park Foundation to help make this project a reality. Golfers will be astonished by the new putting greens!” Anchorage Park Foundation awarded a challenge grant to First Tee during its 2013 application cycle. First Tee was given a dollar-for-dollar cash match for the funds, volunteer hours, and in-kind labor and donations they raised for the golf course improvements.
Beth Nordlund, Anchorage Park Foundation Executive Director, believes the golf course at Russian Jack Springs Park is a cause for celebration. “This project is a great example of what a community can do – this group identified a need in our parks and worked with others for a successful project that benefits not only First Tee but all users of the golf course.”
Project implementation was managed by Anchorage Parks and Recreation, with contributions by Alaska Communications, Anchorage Park Foundation, Alaska Playground Specialist, Field Turf Northwest, the Municipality of Anchorage, and Neeser Construction.
At the Grand Re-Opening on Monday, July 7, the public is invited to bring his or her golf clubs and test out the new course.
Grand Re-Opening, Russian Jack Springs Park Golf Course
Monday, July 7
OPEN TO PUBLIC 1pm-4pm (Private donor and sponsor event: 11:30am-1pm)
1600 Linda Selkregg Lane
The Anchorage Park Foundation mobilizes public support and financial resources for Anchorage parks, trails, and recreation opportunities.