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Volunteers To Clean Up Cheney Lake and William B. Lyons Park Saturday

Volunteer Scuba Divers Will Remove Debris from Cheney Lake
Mountain View Volunteers to Plant Flowers in William B. Lyons Park

The Anchorage Park Foundation (APF) and the Anchorage Parks & Recreation Department (APRD) will continue their summer Neighborhood Park Fix-Its with two events on Saturday, June 5.  Volunteer scuba divers will complete a lake clean-up at Cheney Lake Park (2245 Baxter Road) from 10 am- 1 pm, and volunteers in Mountain View will plant flowers, re-paint equipment and pick up trash in William B. Lyons Park (335 Price Street) from 9 - 11 am. 

At Cheney Lake Park, volunteer scuba divers will remove trash and junk from the bottom of the lake, which is popular for fishing and boating all summer long.  This extraordinary volunteer event is part of the Anchorage Park Foundation and Parks & Recreation Department's summer efforts to rehabilitate, restore and revitalize Anchorage neighborhood parks with community and volunteer support. 

"We are thrilled to support the Park Foundation and Parks & Recreation in their efforts to clean up our neighborhood parks," said scuba diver and volunteer Jerry Vandergriff.  "It's a good opportunity for us to employ our skills to benefit the entire community."

Volunteers at William B. Lyons Park will repaint park equipment, remove graffiti, plant flowers in planters and clean up the park in preparation for a summer of use.  Work in both parks will continue over the course of the summer with additional improvements.  In addition, students at Clark Middle School will work with volunteer landscape architects next school year to plan further improvements William B. Lyons Park.

Cheney Lake Park and William B. Lyons Park are two of 8 neighborhood parks targeted for renovation and revitalization as part of this summer's Neighborhood Park Fix-Its campaign.  "Neighborhood parks are a vital community resource, and we are proud to work with the Parks & Recreation Department to make meaningful improvements with volunteer support," said Anchorage Park Foundation board member Janie Leask.  "These park enhancements benefit families in their own neighborhoods by providing opportunities for healthy outdoor play."

To ensure that public and private funding is leveraged effectively to meet community needs, the Anchorage Park Foundation partnered with the Parks & Recreation Department to create the Anchorage Parks Report Card in fall 2008. Over 1,000 Anchorage parks supporters participated in grading parks and creating "Fix-It Lists" for the parks they love.

Last year, the APF and the APRD used this information to create a summer of Fix-Its in 12 of those neighborhood parks. This summer, the Anchorage Parks & Recreation Department and the Anchorage Park Foundation will be making community-identified Fix-Its in eight Anchorage parks: Al Miller Park, William B. Lyons Park, Woodland Park, Ira Walker Park, Minnesota Park, Creekside Park, Cheney Lake Park and Willawaw Park.

The APF and APRD partner to accomplish neighborhood park fix-its using volunteer and professional labor to accomplish park projects that are immediate, doable, supported, needed, and produced visible results.  Volunteer support enables private and public dollars to stretch further and make real improvements to parks.  The Anchorage Park Foundation and the Parks & Recreation Department are improving neighborhood parks with funding from the Alaska State Legislature, 2007 municipal bond funds and Rasmuson Foundation funding for the Anchorage Park Foundation's Clean & Green campaign.

For more information on summer park improvements, please visit www.AnchorageParkFoundation.org.

For more information about Cheney Lake Park, please visit the Anchorage Park Foundation park directory: 
http://www.anchorageparkfoundation.org/directory/cheneylake.htm

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