Parks Planning

How the Anchorage, Alaska Parks Department Used Data to Enhance Community Development

How the Anchorage, Alaska Parks Department Used Data to Enhance Community Development

The Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department keeps busy year round: with 223 parks, 82 playgrounds, 135 miles of paved trails, 110 athletic fields, 5 pools, and 11 recreation facilities, the Parks Department staff are never short on projects. Maeve Nevins, senior park planner, and Taylor Keegan, park planner, are implementing improvement plans for Anchorage parks. For two parks projects in particular, Maeve and Taylor used data and community feedback to inform their improvement plans. Through harnessing the power of both quantitative and qualitative data, they were able to understand the community’s needs and desires, ultimately garnering positive community responses for both projects as a result.