Animal Welfare News
ANCHORAGE — Residents of a Midtown neighborhood are afraid to picnic or play in a city park on Arctic Boulevard at 31st Avenue because it has a history of being used by people doing drugs, using alcohol or engaging in prostitution.
Here's the solution community members have come up with: Turn part of the Arctic Benson Park into a fenced dog park to draw in more people doing healthy activities, and make it less inviting for unsavory elements.
The plan was approved earlier this month by the city Parks and Recreation Commission and the city's Animal Control Advisory Board. Now city parks officials are researching whether it also needs to go to the Assembly, which created the five existing off-leash dog parks in Anchorage by ordinance, said city parks superintendent Holly Spoth-Torres.
If it clears that last hurdle, the city should have its first fenced dog park in July, Spoth-Torres said.
"People are really excited about it," said Kayla Epstein of Anchorage Unleashed, which advocates for dog parks. A fenced park has been on the group's list from the beginning, she said.