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    This all seems like...

    ...good news!


    All,
    A PUBLIC REVIEW DRAFT Matanuska River Park Master Plan is now available that represents what we heard from area users, neighbors, landowners, and stakeholder interests and responds to the site's natural conditions. We've taken some extra time to work on it to take advantage the Borough's new high quality aerial LIDAR data and better understand wetland and drainage conditions through this spring and summer.

    A higher resolution 6MB pdf (11x17, 2-page) is available for download through the Borough website:

    Please take the time to review the Plan and respond to me with specific feedback by October 10th, 2013. Either reply to this email, or fill out and return the attached form if you prefer (email, mail, or fax). After October 10th we will make revisions and then the draft will move forward to the Borough’s Parks, Recreation & Trails Advisory Board, Planning Commission, and Assembly over the next several months with more opportunities for public comment, as it moves forward for approval.

    Thank you to everyone who provided input and participated in the planning process.

    Matanuska River Park Master Plan

    Cheers,
    Sara Wilson Doyle
    Planning & Public Involvement
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    There should be some connector between the Matanuska river park and Gulkana st to allow traffic to flow through the park, rather than have traffic TRY to loop through each parcel separately. being a parent of school age children there is nothing worse than having to contend with poorly designed parking lots that doesn't accommodate for a traffic pattern that allows for quick drop-off/ pick-up of passengers that are attending events.

    There are also benefits that having a drive-through connector would have as far as park security and maintenance. Because there is (almost) nothing worse than having top-notch public infrastructure like Matanuska River Park being gated shut most of the year because it cant be patrolled properly. With a design that allows for patrols/maintenance crews to enter and exit through both parcels when needed reduces the costs to the taxpayers.

    Looking down on the park with google street view clearly shows what sort of path would be best suited to connect the two parcels. It would, of course, require removing the existing pavilion there, but IMO in the grand scheme of things is not that big of a deal all things considered.

    Also, in conjunction to connecting the two parcels, the existing soccer fields can be realigned in a east-west fashion where parking can be made more readily available along the length of the field, rather than just the width, so that, perhaps bleachers could be installed between potential parking spaces and the fields for tournaments? If this was a muti-use field couldn't it be a place that could attract teams like the Mat-su Miners to play on? seems like the playing field area at Matanuska park could be developed to host that level of competion ( considering the field they currently play at, scabbed onto the Alaska state fairgrounds )

    Psssssh Im rambling now, being Saturday night and all :beer:

    Hope most of this made sense

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    Quote Originally Posted by akpirate View Post
    being a parent of school age children there is nothing worse than having to contend with poorly designed parking lots that doesn't accommodate for a traffic pattern that allows for quick drop-off/ pick-up of passengers that are attending events.
    Wow, parenting has changed.
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    Naw, with two teen daughters and a full schedule, sometimes all you can do is drop them off so they can have their own fun.

    Helicopter parent, Im not ( at least most of the time anyway )

    Get back on the topic of designing a public park space .....that would be cool, rather than chipping in you .02 dollars on parenting.

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