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Challenge Grantee Mom Gives Gift of Play to Spenard Kids With New Swing Set

Community to Come Together for Roosevelt Park Improvements

JUNE 12, 2014, Anchorage, AK – Mom Kelly Petersen spearheaded an effort to bring a swing set back to a Spenard neighborhood park, and this month her vision to give children in becomes a reality in Roosevelt Park. Petersen, Boy Scout Troop 82, and other community volunteers will prepare the park for a swing set installation this Saturday June 14 from 9am-12pm during a Neighborhood Park Fix-It, hosted by the Anchorage Park Foundation and Anchorage Parks and Recreation. Walk-in volunteers are welcome to join in the planned park improvements.

Ms. Petersen has lived in the neighborhood since 2001. “We are a community of families with young children.  I wanted to engage neighborhood children in safe, active play near their homes,” Ms. Petersen stated. “One of my great joys as a child was swinging on swings -- that wonderful sense of flying through the air was what I wanted to bring to our children.”

Ms. Petersen developed a plan to raise support and funds for the swing set, starting with the Spenard Community Council. The Council unanimously approved this citizen-driven, privately-funded effort.  Ms. Petersen applied for a challenge grant offered by the Anchorage Park Foundation. These challenge grants award a dollar-for-dollar cash match to grantees for the cash dollars, volunteer hours, and in-kind donations they raise for community-driven park projects.

“The Roosevelt Park swing set is a great example of Challenge Grant outcomes,” says Anchorage Park Foundation Executive Director Beth Nordlund, “It’s a do-able project that engages the community in building and revitalizing a park’s infrastructure, while having fun at the same time.”

This Neighborhood Park Fix-It in Roosevelt Park is second of the Anchorage Park Foundation’s summer season of park makeover days planned across Anchorage. For ten years, the Anchorage Park Foundation has worked alongside Anchorage Parks & Recreation and community groups to perform necessary improvements to Anchorage parks and trails.

Volunteers interested in Neighborhood Park Fix-Its can contact Mirna Estrada, EstradaM@muni.org or 907.343.4587. Saturday’s event at Roosevelt Park also welcomes drop-in volunteers.  Lunch from Smokehouse BBQ will be provided for volunteers.

Roosevelt Park

Saturday June 14, 9am-12pm

2200 Jefferson  Avenue google maps

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