Live. Work. Play. Areas of Focus: Trails Initiative

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Thank you to all who participated in the Anchorage Trails Wayfinding Plan survey and public meetings!

On May 12, 2016 the preferred Option #4 for the Anchorage Trails Wayfinding Plan was presented to the Parks & Recreation Commission for approval. Option #4 was developed after a public presentation and comment period on three original design options. Option #4 incorporates the best components from the original 3 designs in terms of aesthetics, functionality, and maintenance concerns.

 

Click here for more information on the Anchorage Trails Signage & Wayfinding Plan.

The Live. Work. Play. Community Safety Area of Focus has joined forces with the Trails Initiative to bring bystander training to all Trail Watch volunteers and those interested in helping make their community, parks and trails safer for everyone.

On Jan. 25, Live. Work. Play. put on a first-ever Green Dot training for Trail Watch volunteers and trail enthusiasts. Green Dot is a nationwide, safe bystander intervention training. Over 40 trail users attended to learn techniques to keep themselves and others safe on the trails. Mayor Ethan Berkowitz spoke about the importance of each of us feeling empowered to make our community safer. More trainings will be coming throughout the spring, so stay tuned!

 

Schools on Trails

Schools on Trails is a partnership effort between the Anchorage School District and the Anchorage Parks Foundation. Through this program, schools turn Anchorage’s trails into walking classrooms, educating students on a variety of ways the trails can be useful to them and their families. For more information, contact Brendan Stuart at Brendan@AnchorageParkFoundation.org.

News Update: Providence, Anchorage School District promote youth fitness with Sqord

Ninety-five percent of Anchorage residents think the trail system makes Anchorage a better place to live, work and play, according to a survey the trails initiative focus area conducted this past year.

While residents use the trail system as a recreational outlet and employers use it as a recruiting incentive, city managers are just trying to keep it usable.

Because of the trail system’s tremendous value and popularity, the trails initiative focus area, co-chaired by Stewart Osgood, is primarily concerned with maintaining it.

The challenges are wide as the trail system is long. Last year’s bridge collapse at Westchester Lagoon resulted in a bridge status report that showed some discouraging numbers. Up to 37 bridges require upgrades or replacement, at a sum of up to $1.5 million per bridge – more than $55 million altogether. The project, which has not been budgeted for, is also being delayed by design, procurement, bidding and permitting processes. The costs do not include the resurfacing of 30-year-old trails and creating trail connections for a list of gaps throughout the network.

For the coming year, Osgood hopes to see the development of a financial plan for replacing and repairing these aging trails and bridges. He hopes his group can help planners to take better care of what we have, and noticeably improve connectivity to increase access and continuity to neighborhoods, as well as employment and educational centers. His vision for the trail system goes beyond recreation: He’d like to link trails to business so people can commute to work by trail system, and help Anchorage to become a “multi-modal” city.

-From the 2015 Live. Work. Play. Magazine

Latest news from Trails

Making our trails safer

On Wednesday, Jan. 25, the Live. Work. Play. Community Safety and Trails Areas of Focus joined forces to put on a first-ever Green Dot training for Trail Watch volunteers and trail enthusiasts. Green Dot is a nationwide, safe bystander intervention training. Over 40...

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Live. Work. Play. December events

Live. Work. Play. December events Dec. 7: Peterson Tower Holiday Party, 5-7 p.m., 510 L Street Dec. 8: Community Safety Area of Focus meeting, 3:30 – 5 p.m., AEDC Board Room Dec. 14: Education/Workforce Development Area of Focus meeting, 3:30-5 p.m., AEDC Board Room...

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Interested in getting involved in the Trails Initiative?

Contact our Committee Chairs:

Beth Nordlund, Executive Director, Anchorage Park Foundation: Beth@AnchorageParkFoundation.org

Stewart Osgood, President, DOWL: sosgood@dowlhkm.com

You can also contact AEDC Live. Work. Play. Director Moira Sullivan at (907) 258-3700 or msullivan@aedcweb.com.