Proposed 2017 Capital Projects

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Project

Earthquake Park

Community Council

Sponsor Agency

Parks and Recreation

Estimated Cost

$50,000

Funds on hand

$0

Additional funds required

$50,000

Project scope

Funds will be used to update and repair existing interpretive signs and add park amenities like trashcans, benches and picnic tables.

Project need

Earthquake Park is a very popular trailhead and point of interest along the Coastal Trail. Additionally, the park is a popular destination for Alaska tourists. Interpretive signs are showing their age and need to be repaired. In addition, new and updated content is a priority. New benches, bear proof trash receptacles and picnic tables are needed to accommodate the high number of park visitors.

Project status

Park Maintenance performs monthly safety inspections and repairs the park assets as necessary.

Project Comments

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1) Please update funding information: 2014 State grant funding for $50,000 was approved for Earthquake Park — some amenities are planned for Summer 2015. 2) As requested previously, Turnagain Community Council requests that Scope language be AMENDED, to read as follows: "Funds will be used to upgrade and repair existing interpretive signs, replace missing park ID signage, upgrade landscaping, install security items like low-level lighting and/or security cameras, and add park amenities like bear-proof trash cans, benches and picnic tables." 3) Also previously requested, please AMEND the Needs language as follows: "Earthquake Park is a very popular trailhead and point of interest along the Coastal Trail. Additionally, the park is a popular destination for Alaska tourists. Interpretive signs are showing their age and need to be repaired and updated.; one interpretive sign is missing as well as a park entrance ID sign. New benches, bear-proof trash receptacles and picnic tables are needed to accommodate the high number of visitors. Security is an issue in the parking lot and could be addressed with installation of low-level parking lot lighting and security cameras. Current landscaping needs maintenance and upgrades, and curb areas need to be repaired. Any other items identified as part of the 2011 Anchorage Park Foundation Report Card survey by Turnagain Community Council members should be given consideration. This is a high priority for the council.

This is Turnagain Community Council's #1-ranked Parks & Recreation project. Please AMEND the Project Scope and Project Need language to reflect that the interpretive signs have now been updated and repaired. Otherwise, please see TCC's requested language submitted in 2015.