Anchorage Park Foundation is challenging all community members with a dream for a park or trail improvement to apply for a Community Challenge Grant.

Notice a local playground in need of a revamp? Want to help create a new connection between a neighborhood trail and a local school? Community Challenge Grants are an opportunity for neighbors and community organizations to make a direct impact on their local parks and trails! Landscape architects are offering free guidance on proposal ideas at an application workshop on Wednesday March 6th!

Anchorage Park Foundation, with the renewed support of the Rasmuson Foundation, will grant $300,000 in total matching funds to selected park and trail improvement projects. For every $1 raised through cash donations, volunteer labor, or in-kind goods or services for a capital park or trail project, Anchorage Park Foundation will match it with another dollar.

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Since 2006, Anchorage Park Foundation and Municipality of Anchorage Parks and Recreation with the support of the Rasmuson Foundation has helped turn hundreds of park improvement dreams into a reality through Community Challenge Grants. The previous grant cycle made possible new outdoor learning labs for Sand Lake and Campbell Creek elementary schools, giving teachers and students new opportunities for outdoor hands-on learning. Thanks to Community Challenge Grants, the non-profit Victims for Justice partnered with the Downtown Rotary to renovate Hostetler Park into a place for community healing and reflection. Neighbors and friends of Abbott Loop came together and received matching funds to create to a new fenced dog park and improved playground in Whisper Faith Kovach Park.

Applications must be submitted online no later than Sunday, April 14. Awards will be announced in May. Workshops will be hosted by the American Society of Landscape Architects Alaska Chapter to offer (optional, but recommended) guidance to applicants in refining and strengthening project proposals.

ASLA Workshop 2 – Wednesday, Mar 6

Spenard Recreation Center

Arts and Crafts Room

5:30pm-8pm

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