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First fenced dog park opens in Anchorage

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FIRST FENCED DOG PARK OPENS IN ANCHORAGE

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Arctic Benson Park now features a new fenced dog park as part of a neighborhood effort to transform the park into a safe and healthy place. 

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In 2011, over 50 neighbors and volunteers filled out report cards critiquing Arctic Benson Park, cumulatively giving it an F. Thanks to a dedicated committee formed to identify needed park improvements, the Anchorage Park Foundation successfully secured $83,000 from the Alaska State Legislature to improve Arctic Benson Park in the summer of 2013.

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Organizer Karen Dechman has been devoted to this project for two years. “This is a very big deal for dog owners, especially our disabled veterans and elderly who struggle with finding a place to exercise their beloved dogs.  But Dechman believes that the improvement will also affect those without pets. “It is also a great way for people who might have few other opportunities to connect with their community, to meet neighbors and make friends.“

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The Alaska State Legislature, Rasmuson Foundation, and the Anchorage Park Foundation worked together to raise the funding for this project, which was implemented by the Anchorage Parks & Recreation Department . Thanks also to SPCA, Access Alaska, Midtown Community Council, REI, Wells Fargo, ML&P, AWWU, and all the individuals who generously gave of their time to promote this popular project.

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Anchorage Park Foundation press release