Kincaid Park, Anchorage, Alaska

Day One Hundred Twenty-Three: I have visited Kincaid Park more times than I can count and after researching online, for the first time I might add, I realized there is still a lot I can learn. Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia that I found interesting: Kincaid Park is a 1,516.78-acre municipal park in Anchorage, Alaska, located at 9401 W. Raspberry Road. The park is bounded on the south by Turnagain Arm, on the west by Knik Arm, and on the north by Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Noted for Nordic skiing trails, in snowless months the park is frequented by runners, bikers, hikers, archers, dog-trainers, motocross users, disc golfers, soccer teams, and rollerskiers. Other winter activities include snowshoeing, sledding and biathlon (many trees were cut in the spring of 2006 for the biathlon range). The park was created in 1978 and in 1978 expanded to include the location of a deactivated former Nike missile site. The park continues to evolve with changing demands of local residents. In 2009, a full 18 “hole” disc golf course that meanders through the wooded Mize loop area was completed. In 2010, several new soccer fields were completed and open for use in the area near the chalet. In 2012, a single artificial turf soccer field with stadium seating was completed just south of the chalet.  Cook InletFire Island with its wind turbines, and Mount Susitna are visible from most hilltops in the park. On a clear day, Denali can also be seen from the park.

The park gates are open seven days a week from 10:00am until 10:00pm. The chalet is open seven days a week from 12:00pm until 8:30pm with holiday and Sunday hours of noon until 5pm. The chalet has three rooms that can be rented to the public for weddings, birthdays, baby showers and other special events. The Annex and different areas of the park may also be rented by the public.

The park is mostly forested, with birch, cottonwood, and spruce. Wildlife includes mooselynxbearfoxeaglesporcupinesowls, and many others, with moose being the most commonly seen.

Little Campbell Lake offers ice-fishing in winter, boating and fishing in the summer. No camping or fires are allowed anywhere within the park.

In the southwest corner of Kincaid Park, by the Jodhpur road entrance, there is a motocross park and beside it a huge sand dune created by the winds that sweep in from Turnagain Arm periodically.

The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail connects Kincaid Park to downtown Anchorage and provides excellent biking or skiing. Within the park there are approximately 60 kilometers of cross country ski trails, which are also used by hikers and bikers in the summer, and about 27 kilometers of new single track biking trails.

Kincaid Park and Point Woronzof Park (191.7 acres) offer the best semi-wilderness experiences closest to West and Downtown Anchorage.

Wow, Kincaid has always ranked at the top of my list for recreation but I had no idea it offered so much more. Some of you reading this post might remember a client appreciation party I held at the chalet in 2003. My daughter and I loved that we saw two moose alongside the road as we departed at 10pm.

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