Parks and Rec Committee approves fenced dog park

Update, 7:30 p.m., 1/10 In front of a standing-room-only crowd that included many dog park advocates, the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Committee approved a fenced dog park at Arctic Benson Park on Thursday.

The one caveat is it must still be approved by Animal Control Advisory Board, but the Midtown Community Council that championed this effort anticipates its approval.

This is really a historic moment for Anchorage, a city with no designated fenced dog parks. Love them or hate them, fenced dog parks have proven not only wildly popular in communities nationwide but they've served to bring a positive element to parks that have served as gathering points for inebriates.

More on this as details become available.

Here's the original story announcing the meeting:

Organizers are hoping for a big turnout from fans of a fenced dog park in Anchorage at 6 p.m. Thursday for the Parks and Recreation Department meeting at the Spenard Rec Center. Here are the particulars. And let me know what you think of the project in comments below.

WHO: Anchorage Parks and Recreation Committee meeting will discuss the project championed by the Midtown Community Council.

WHAT: One of the items on the agenda is fenced dog park project (at 31st and Arctic).

WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10.

WHERE: Spenard Recreation Center, 2020 W. 48th Avenue.

WHY: Midtown Community Council proponents of the fenced dog park -- Anchorage's first -- are hoping for a good turnout in hopes of getting the project moved along. Here's a statement from the VIP Committee that has been working to make this a reality:

“We are the second item on the agenda. Should be a very big meeting, but we need butts in chairs to make this park happen. This is the last stage of the project! We have the money, the plan, the support from the Legislature, SPCA, Parks Foundation and Parks and Rec. has been great in helping us with the planning. The VIP Committee has been meeting for several months and we are ready to rock this summer, but we need your support. Please come out and show the Commission that the citizens of Anchorage want this project! Thank you!”

MORE INFORMATION: View a PDF explaining dog park details.

CONTACT: Mark McCaffery at

Here's a Google map of the area.
Arctic and 31st