Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Statewide Trails Conference

Singletrack Advocates,

The 2009 Statewide Trails Conference (April 22-25) is a little over a month away. This four-day event, held in Anchorage in conjunction with the Alaska Recreation & Park Association's annual conference, is scheduled with incredible sessions full of resources, information and contacts to help you make good decisions about the trails in your life. With an emphasis on
sustainable trail design and management, the conference will offer sessions on topics ranging from technical skills to public access/use issues to running effective crews.

With great speakers like Lance Mackey, Vic Fischer, Rick Sinnott, Russ Ehnes, and more, there should be something for everyone. Speakers and panelists come from all over Alaska, as well as from California, Montana, and Maine. Registration is open now and early rates apply through March 30, so don't miss this chance to meet with and learn from trails experts of all stripes. (Sponsored in part by Alaska Trails and the NPS Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program.)

In addition to the trails conference there will be tracks on bike/pedestrian planning, advocacy, and infrastructure; getting kids outdoors; therapeutic recreation, and more. Further details and registration information are available at www.alaskarpa.org.

We hope you plan ahead to attend in April, and help spread the word!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The new trail map

We're finally read to release a trail map to help everyone navigate their way through the new Hillside singletrack. You can click on the image above to get the full-size version for easier viewing and printing.

Please note that the trail names are tentative, pending final approval by the muni. Once that process is complete, Parks & Rec will publish an official map. In the mean time, this one should enable users to become familiar with the network.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Parks & Rec Strategic Action Plan

The Parks & Recreation Department of the Municipality of Anchorage invites the public’s participation in an effort to update our 5-year Parks Strategic Action Plan. The Parks & Recreation Department has realized significant achievements under the last 2005 – 2008 Strategic Action Plan and it is time to think strategically about the next 5 years for Parks & Recreation in the Municipality.

The Parks Strategic Action Plan identifies the critical steps needed to assure a bright future for Parks and Recreation in the Municipality of Anchorage.

Seeking to inform and gain public input, we have scheduled 4 Community Meetings to:

· Celebrate all the hard work and progress made in improving Anchorage Parks and Trails;

· Unveil plans for upcoming 2009-2010 neighborhood parks projects;

· Help plan future improvements to the park and trail system;

· Learn about Proposition 4 – the Parks Bond proposition;

· Learn about volunteer opportunities for this summer and get involved in your local park.

You and your constituents are cordially invited to the 2009 – 2014 Parks Strategic Action Plan Update Community Meetings, scheduled as follows:

* Northeast Park District
March 30, 6 p.m.
Begich Middle School

* Northwest Park District
March 26, 6 p.m.
Romig Middle School

* Central & Southeast Park Districts
April 1, 6 p.m.
Spring Hill Elementary School

* Southwest Park District
March 31, 6 p.m.
Klatt Elementary School

We sincerely appreciate your help in getting the word out to people about these important public participation opportunities. We look forward to seeing you there.

Many Thanks,
Suzanne Little
Park Planner
Department of Parks & Recreation
Municipality of Anchorage
632 West 6th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99510
Office: 907-343-4500

Friday, March 6, 2009

Mark your calendar

Arctic Bicycle Club Annual Bike Swap

Date: Sunday, April 12th

Time: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. set-up

1:00 to 4:00 p.m. sales

Location: AT&T Sports Pavilion at the bottom of O’Malley next to Alaska Club South

Bring your used cycling equipment and clothing to the Arctic Bicycle Club’s Annual Bike Swap. There is no commission.

For more information email Janice Tower at jtower@alaska.com.