Point Woronzof Park

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Point Woronzof Park (also known as The Neverlands, or Seven Hills Ski Park) is a municipal park in Anchorage, Alaska. The park is excellent for backcountry skiing or snowshoeing in the winter, and biking or running in the summer.

The park is currently one of two parcels being considered by the Anchorage International Airport in a potential land swap deal and is of great interest as the possible site of a future north-south runway. A Phillips gasline right-of-way crosses the park near its southern end.

The park is home to flora and fauna similar to its larger neighbor, Kincaid Park (accessible several kilometers down the Coastal Trail.) Fox, lynx, and many moose are known to inhabit the park. Trees are mostly Birch (especially on the hills), Spruce, cottonwood, and Alder. Devil's Club and Elderberry are endemic.

This 191.7-acre (0.776 km2) park is located next to the Knik Arm of Cook Inlet, between Pt. Woronzof and Pt. Campbell (Kincaid Park). The park is bounded on the West by the ocean (which the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail runs along), the North by municipal lands associated with the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), the east by airport land (a STP powerline easement marks the boundary), the south by Heritage Land Bank lands and airport lands (an overhead powerline marks the boundary).During World War II the army constructed two small prefab houses on the northern end of Pt. Woronzof on the bluff looking over Cook Inlet. To the south of the houses there was an battery emplacement, the remains of which (absent any artillery) remained after the war ended.

One should access the park from the Coastal Trail (perhaps just after mile 5.5), as the airport road past the STP is quasi-public only.

Although airport noise is intermittent, the park offers residents of Anchorage semi-wilderness experiences similar to Kincaid park further to the southwest.

Coordinates: 61°11′10″N 150°01′16″W / 61.186°N 150.021°W / 61.186; -150.021