Folker Park improvements aim to spur healthy activities in U-Med district

Folker Park to receive upgrades aimed at promoting health and healing in U-Med District.
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) A group of community members spent Saturday morning pulling weeds, cleaning underbrush and preparing Folker Park for improvements.

Ernie Hall, board member of the Anchorage Park Foundation said it's the first step in multiple phases of work to be completed.

Hall said the park will soon have a paved pathway around the park which sits across the street from Horizon House, an assisted living home.

"There'll actually be a loop all the way around the park, paved that 5 laps will make a mile which will be incredible for some of the residents of the Horizon House, which is next door that for a number of years had really wanted to see this park developed and have the ability to come and just wander through it and feel safe doing it," Hall said.

The park will also feature two ADA accessible trails.

Micaela Jones, regional director of business development at Providence Alaska, said making the park more user-friendly will also help nearby residents and workers have a safe space to go.

"This is gonna be an amazing asset to have, a different venue to visit their families come on out, exercise a little bit, take a walk and enjoy the resources that we have here so that's particularly important I think for the families and residents at the Providence Horizon House, but we also have a child care center which is right on the road right next to here," Jones said.

The park will include a children's playground area.

Jones said employees at Providence are also encouraged to go on walking trips during their breaks.

"I know from a health perspective for the folks at Providence this is just another area where we can get out take a breath, take a break and exercise," Jones said.

The project is expected to be completed by next summer.



 
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