ANCHORAGE, Alaska -

Anchorage residents are being asked for their top priorities in a $3 million project to revitalize the city’s Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail, at a public meeting and in an online survey in the coming weeks.

In a Friday statement, the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation says planners will hold a public comment meeting on the project at the Spenard Recreation Center, at 2020 W. 48th St., on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In addition to the meeting, responses to the project's online survey are being taken until Jan. 15, with an overview of trail evaluations posted on the department’s website.

According to the department, the first phase of the project includes $1.6 million from a 2013 municipal bond and an additional $150,000 state grant to improve surface and drainage conditions on the trail, which has seen only routine crack repairs since it was first built in the 1970s.

“Sections of the Chester Creek Trail have deteriorating surface conditions including potholes, heaving uplift and longitudinal cracks or ‘crevasses’ that present hazards to all trail users, including bicyclists, walkers, runners and in-line skaters,” officials wrote.

The department’s superintendent, Holly Spoth-Torres, says Chester Creek is the city’s second recent trail improvement project, following extensive work on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail in 2013.

“We did the Coastal Trail last year, and now we’re moving on to focus on the Chester Creek greenbelt,” Spoth-Torres said.

Engineers anticipate at least $3 million in costs for the multi-year project, and the department plans to include another $1.5 million in this year’s parks bond for additional work. Spoth-Torres says that with only partial funding immediately on hand, the meeting and survey will help determine which work takes place first.

“Now we have some community money to actually do the project -- we don’t have enough money, so we’re asking the public for comment on priorities,” Spoth-Torres said.

While Spoth-Torres says the survey asks for public input on numerous elements of the trail, including culverts, lighting and trail widths, she says addressing those issues will be more expensive and less cost-effective than repairs to the trail itself.

“We think the public cares most about the surface: the cracks, the standing water, the potholes,” Spoth-Torres said. “The public will see the greatest benefit by focusing on surface conditions.”

The project’s planners will evaluate public input and present their plan for its first phase in a Feb. 4 public meeting, also at the Spenard Recreation Center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.