Dingman: Muldoon needs a park, not another strip mall

OPINION: “Muldoon has waited long enough for a first-rate park of its own, so spare us the sprawl and give us the space,” columnist Mike Dingman wrote in Alaska Dispatch News on September 23. Dingman: Muldoon needs a park, not another strip mall.

Though he named the two Muldoon area community councils as Northeast and Chester Creek (instead of Scenic Foothills), Dingman makes a good case for dedicating all 29 acres of the old Alaska Greenhouse property on the east side of Muldoon Road at DeBarr as a Muldoon Park Strip / Muldoon Town Square Park.

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Chugach State Park Access – Public Hearing on Draft Plan continued to November 4th

A public hearing on the Chugach State Park Access Draft Plan has been continued to March 2015, before the Anchorage Assembly. You are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to provide your perspective on preserving access to Chugach State Park. Click here for more information about the plan.

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Scenic Foothills Community Council meets October 2

Scenic Foothills Community Council meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 2, at Wayland Baptist University, 7801 East 32nd Avenue (access via Old Muldoon Road off 36th Avenue). We will have a Legislative Candidates Forum for Senate House District 27 (Matt Moore / Lance Pruitt). Because of the contemporaneous HALO meeting, the Senate candidates will not be at our forum. Proposed bylaws, as mandated by the Anchorage Assembly, will be introduced for discussion at the November meeting. Click this newsletter link for more details.

AFACT State Senate Candidate Forum Monday, September 22

Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, a member of AFACT (Anchorage Faith & Action – Congregations Together) is hosting a State Senate Candidate Forum at 6:30 p.m. September 22, at St. Mary’s on the corner of Lake Otis and Tudor Road. Forum candidates will respond to a series of 1-minute questions posed from the audience. They are also inviting U.S. and State Candidates in other races to join in at the reception following the forum, approximately 7:30 – 8:30 p.m., for a “meet and greet.”

Pioneer Drive Iris re-planting Sunday, September 21

Pioneer Drive Iris planting 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, September 21, at entrance to Chugach Foothills Park. We are looking for a few volunteers to plant irises rescued prior to the Pioneer Drive upgrade last May. The new beds at the edge of the park got topsoil on Friday; now the irises depend on us to get their roots into dirt before freeze-up. If you can help, just show up. Bring gloves. We’ll have hand tools or bring your own. –Michele Pamer and Jerrianne Lowther, volunteer coordinators.

Trevor Cole, Lucamaria Casagrande, Gwen Crawford; in back, Michele Pamer, Brian, Jim & Ruth Durr rescuing irises, Pioneer Drive.

Trevor Cole, Lucamaria Casagrande, Gwen Crawford; in back, Michele Pamer, Brian, Jim & Ruth Durr rescuing irises, Pioneer Drive in May.