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Summer of Neighborhood Park Fix-Its Kicks Off



Park Foundation, Parks & Recreation Work with Community to Improve Neighborhood Parks

The Anchorage Park Foundation (APF) and the Anchorage Parks & Recreation Department (APRD) will kick off their summer Neighborhood Park Fix-Its at Al Miller Park at the corner of Delaney Street and West Cook Avenue Saturday, May 22, from 9 am - 2 pm. 

Since fall 2009, community council members and parks supporters have been working with the APF & APRD to identify high-priority repairs and plan improvements to Al Miller Park.  Parks planners worked closely with Government Hill Parks Very Important Park Committee to prioritize work at Al Miller Park.  The Committee decided to build a permanent entry path, provide updated signs, and create a seating area with pavers.

Saturday morning between 9 am and 12 pm, volunteers will install a gravel pathway, install pavers in the seating plaza, improve landscapes and thoroughly clean the park.  Once the work is done, volunteers will celebrate their achievements with a community block party from 12 - 2 pm. This volunteer event marks the beginning of the Anchorage Park Foundation and Parks & Recreation'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 the Parks & Recreation Department in their efforts to clean up our neighborhood parks," said and volunteer and Government Hill Community Council member Mavis Hancock.  "It's a great opportunity for us to participate in a project that benefits the entire community."

Al Miller Park is one 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.  "We are thrilled to get to work with so much valuable community partnership!" 

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 Al Miller Park, please visit the Anchorage Park Foundation park directory:  http://www.anchorageparkfoundation.org/directory/almiller.htm
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