Anchorage Update
September 2013
Greetings citizens,
Today I reserve a moment of silence and reflection to remember the September 11th attack on American soil, which happened 12 years ago.   It's often difficult to find words appropriate to remember the victims and first responders who perished on that frightful day.  
Alaska Fallen Firefighter Memorial
At 6:00 p.m. tonight at the Alaska Fallen Firefighter Memorial on 5th Avenue and A Street. It's a great opportunity to discover your own personal way to honor those who have fallen in the line of duty.  


Mayor Dan Sullivan

Cuddy Family Midtown Park Playground for All is OPEN!

On July 27th Anchorage celebrated Ted Stevens "Get Out and Play" Day with a ribbon cutting for Alaska's first 100% fully inclusive Boundless playground in Cuddy Family Midtown Park. 


With over 1,000 attendees, the celebration was full of laughter as well as tears of joy. The playground is designed so that children who have disabilities can play independently alongside their peers with no barriers.  No child should have to sit on the sidelines and watch their others play.


This playground was made possible with funding from many, including the MOA Parks & Recreation Department, Alaska State Legislature, Anchorage Downtown Rotary, Mental Health Trust Authority, and the Anchorage Park Foundation. Three Anchorage moms started the Parks for All initiative for accessible playgrounds to allow their children, families and friends, and all Alaskans to enjoy Alaska's awesome outdoor experience together.


This is the launch of a city-wide accessible playground campaign supported by the Rasmuson Foundation. The newly renovated playground at Campbell Creek Park also has accessible play surfacing, and there are plans for more playground accessibility renovations next summer!

Put F.O.G. In Its Place


Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility asks residents to join them in and clearly committing to put FOG (Fats, Oils and Grease) in its place.

Fats, oils and grease are the major cause of sanitary sewer overflows in homes and businesses. When it occurs, it's a serious health hazard.

When FOG is dissolved in hot and/or soapy water and is washed down the drain, it solidifies as it cools. The FOG then sticks to the insides of the sewer pipe. Built-up layers of grease eventually block sewers from flowing properly and cause sewer overflows. The results are raw sewage spilled into the environment and/or backed up into homes, businesses and restaurants; and it is very costly.



Tell your family and friends about the problems of pouring grease down sink drains and the problems it causes in Anchorage's sanitary sewer system. Help AWWU put FOG in its place!

Do Not pour grease down drains or in the toilets.

SCRAPE your plates and wipe pots and pans before washing.

DISPOSE of FOG into a container. Take large containers to the landfill for proper disposal.


More information:

Chris R. Kosinski, AWWU Public Affairs, 786-5636, or

September is National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month and a great time to make sure you have the needed tools to survive an emergency or disaster.  Emergencies will happen, but taking action now can help to minimize the impact they will have on your life. Readiness is a shared responsibility and the Office of Emergency Management (OEM)asks that all Anchorage residents make the pledge to prepare this month and to truly help themselves, their neighbors and their community to be prepared.  


Anchorage residents can get started by visiting the OEM website and download a family emergency plan, emergency kit checklist and information on how to get involved locally. 



The Alaska Zoo's EdZOOcation presents...Animal Ambassadors all week at Anchorage Public Library! Meet the animals and learn about their habits and habitats. Animals subject to change.


Saturday, September 14, 1pm-1:45pm Chugiak-Eagle River (Baby Porcupine)


Tuesday, September 17, 5:30pm-6:15pm Mountain View, Community Room (Red Fox)


Wednesday, September 18, 4:30pm-5:15pm Loussac, Storytheater, level 2 (Deer Fawn)


Thursday, September 19, 4pm-4:45pm Muldoon (Yearling Porcupine)


Saturday, September 21, 1pm-1:30pm Gerrish Girdwood (Great Horned Owl)


Join Anchorage Public Library's TAKING ACTION FOOD DRIVE for the Food Bank of Alaska. Donate food or funds at all neighborhood libraries during September.


Anchorage Centennial Update

Anchorage Centennial Community Grants process will open September 15, 2013 through the Alaska Humanities Forum with a final proposal deadline of November 15, 2013. A second cycle of grants is planned to open in April of 2014.


Anchorage Centennial Community Grants are funded by a $500,000 contribution from Rasmuson Foundation to support Anchorage Centennial Projects commemorating the 100th anniversary of Anchorage in July 2015.


Anchorage Centennial Community Grant projects and events can be based in education, arts, humanities, culture and science. Proposals can explore, but are not limited to, archaeology, history, geography, ethics, linguistics, philosophy, folklore studies, political science, cultural anthropology, languages, linguistics, literature, film, religions, sports and recreation, the arts in any form, social sciences, technology or sciences.


Anchorage Centennial Committee Meeting: 

October 1, 2013 at 1:00p.m.

Mayor's Conference Room, 8th Floor, City Hall


Please join us at our monthly open committee meetings to learn more about the Anchorage Centennial and how to join in and be a part of this once in a lifetime event!  Opportunities for involvement include many unique and exciting projects such as a visit from the Russian Tall Ship Nadezhda.


Gwendolyn Alexander, Director of Our Commitment, Inc. (left) and Mary Croxton (right) presenting Ms. Alexander with a pin of appreciation.
Outstanding Volunteer

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