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Ainslie Phillips explained that the land had been declared unsuitable for housing as it was formerly used as a construction dump.
We crossed Chester Creek onto the old Alaska Greenhouse property & headed into the woods.
Chester Creek meanders through thickly wooded terrain. Part of the water once flowed through a nearby greenhouse.
The land, which is owned by the Municipality of Anchorage, is well suited to use as a park.
Northeast Anchorage (Muldoon) has high density housing & not very much green space for its residents.
No fishing is allowed in Chester Creek, which provides natural habitat for Coho (silver) salmon rearing.
“Partying” and illegal camping in the woods creates litter & waste problems.
An enormous beaver dam regulates the flow of water in Chester Creek.
Beaver dam backs up a sizeable pond, which freezes over in winter. Salmon make it through the dam into the pond.
The walk led over an old construction dump to a flalt piece of dedicated, park land next to the military boundary.
Open area at the back of the property is flat, dedicated park land suitable for ball fields or maybe community gardens, etc.
The open area at the rear of the property overlooks Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson lands & the Chugach Mountain Range.