Proposed 2017 Capital Projects

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Project

Downtown Streetscape Improvements

Community Council

Sponsor Agency

Parks and Recreation

Estimated Cost

$500,000

Funds on hand

$100 000

Additional funds required

$400,000

Project scope

In order to create a more attractive and safe downtown environment, substantial infrastructure improvements will occur in the downtown area between C and I Streets and 4th and 7th Avenues. Planting beds will be constructed to accommodate adequate tree root and canopy growth. Existing tree wells will be repaired for pedestrian safety.

Project need

Downtown Anchorage is a major focal point for the community with vibrant retail stores, great restaurants, art galleries, the Performing Arts Center, two convention centers and a concentration of businesses. The parks, cultural attractions and seasonal splendor of the famous summer flowers draw tourists from all over the world, but the downtown streetscape is incomplete without healthy, beautiful trees lining the streets. Anchorage lacks the infrastructure necessary to protect the trees, above and below the ground. Healthy downtown trees provide significant economic and social value to the community; studies demonstrate that tree-lined streets increase retail sales from 10-15%.

Project status

Downtown tree infrastructure is maintained by park maintenance and horticulture division within Parks & Recreation. Existing infrastructure does not allow for adequate tree growth resulting in tree death. P&R is working with a private funder and the Downtown Rotary to install a tree bed pilot project on 4th Ave.

Project Comments

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DTCC High #4 Priority. Consider extending to Third Avenue and other parts of downtown (EAST).