Chanshtnu Muldoon Park

Chester Creek, a silver salmon-spawning stream, meanders through Chanshtnu Muldoon Park.
“Chanshtnu” (the original Dena’ina Athabascan name for Chester Creek), a silver salmon-spawning stream, meanders through Chanshtnu Muldoon Park.

Playground opens in Muldoon Town Square, 1301 Muldoon Road

Chanshtnu Muldoon Park’s all-inclusive playground is open! The ice ribbon is open for winter ice-skating; lights will be on shortly, if they aren’t already. Picnic shelter roof will be installed next spring. Come, play in our new community playground at Muldoon Town Square, Muldoon Road at DeBarr, in Muldoon Town Square.

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Construction of Phase 2, with community gardens, bicycle pump track and a dog park – summer 2018.

The Anchorage Assembly voted to dedicate the entire old Alaska Greenhouse site as park land at a public hearing July 14, 2015. The Assembly received overwhelming support for a 27-acre Muldoon Town Square Park east of Muldoon Road and south of DeBarr. Assembly approval was a very important step in getting an East Anchorage community park with a Muldoon Town Square and much-needed green space. The official park planning process with Anchorage Parks & Recreation began in the fall of 2015; the Muldoon Town Square Park Master Plan was approved by the Anchorage Planning & Zoning Commission in April of 2016. The name Chanshtnu Muldoon Park was approved by the Anchorage Assembly July 25, 2017.

Why we called it Muldoon Town Square Park

On Parks and Recreation maps, 12 acres of undeveloped park land on the old Alaska Greenhouse site was named Muldoon Community Park (easy to confuse with Arnold L. Muldoon Park in Scenic Foothills). It’s where Chester Creek met DeBarr, east of Muldoon Road.

To the Dena’ina, who called it “Chanshtnu” (pronounced CHANSH-nu, meaning Grass Creek), this was an important fishing site. The stream’s traditional name was later anglicized to Chester Creek –  it had nothing to do with anyone named Chester. (See Rediscovering the Dena’ina.)

Northeast Community Council called it the Muldoon Park Strip, because they wanted the entire 27-acre old Alaska Greenhouse site to be dedicated park land for multiple uses, like the 9th Avenue (Delaney) Park Strip, downtown.

Scenic Foothills called it Muldoon Town Square Park to show where it is, in the heart of Muldoon, and suggest what it might become: a community gathering place for East Anchorage in Muldoon. It is a key feature of the East Anchorage District Plan (adopted December 2, 2014).

East Anchorage legislators secured state grants of $1.5 million for park planning and initial construction.

CLICK HERE for a brief history of the Muldoon Town Square Park site (the old Alaska Greenhouse property).

CLICK HERE for information on Chester Creek.