In 2002, the Eppley Institute began work on a master plan for the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska Parks and Recreation Department. With 10,000 acres of parks and open spaces, and thousands of recreation programs and facilities, this city of over 250,000 people needed a plan to continue the equitable development of its extensive park system in order to meet both recreational needs and preservation demands.
The Eppley Institute:
- Conducted stakeholder interviews, workshops, focus groups, open forums, and public meetings with the Anchorage community
- Created level-of-service standards for programs and facilities
- Produced a benchmark analysis of six peer cities to establish evaluation criteria
- Established strategies and policies for land preservation, acquisition, and disposition, and
- Mapped out goals, timelines, and assignments of responsibility.
Adopted by the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Commission, the plan achieved a consensus in the community, and a park bond passed for the first time in over five years. The plan provided long range goals and objectives, and served as a city-wide platform for parks, natural resources, and recreation facilities and programs. In addition, an Anchorage Parks and Recreation Foundation was created and has received over $3 million dollars in matching grants within its first three years.