Kincaid Park

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View across Cook Inlet

Kincaid Park is a 1,516.78-acre (6.1382 km2) 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).[1] The park was created in 1968 and in 1978 expanded to include the location of a deactivated former Nike missile site.[2] 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. Spectacular views of Cook Inlet, Fire Island with its wind turbines, and Mount Susitna are offered to the visitor at almost every hilltop in the park. On a clear day, Mount McKinley can also be seen from the park.[1]

The Kincaid beach in winter

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.[1]

The park is mostly forested, with birch, cottonwood, and spruce. Wildlife includes moose, lynx, bear, fox, eagles, porcupines, owls, and many others, with moose being by far the most commonly seen.[2]

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.[1]

The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail connects Kincaid Park to downtown Anchorage and provides excellent biking or skiing.

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Rodda, John. "Parks and Recreation Department: Kincaid Outdoor Center". Municipality of Anchorage. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Trail History - Kincaid Park". Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage, Alaska. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 

Coordinates: 61°09′15″N 150°03′20″W / 61.15417°N 150.05556°W / 61.15417; -150.05556 (Kincaid Park Chalet)