Anchorage Update
September 2013
Hello neighbor,
This has been another productive week for my office. On September 16th, I presented my State of the City report. To view the video or PowerPoint click here.

 Today I declared September 26 as Strength of Our Youth Day. My staff went to the energetic event and helped kick off the Strength of our Youth campaign which is a student led, district-wide effort that recognizes and celebrates the fact that a significant majority of Anchorage's high school students are engaging in healthy behaviors and making positive choices. 

 More than 2,000 East High School students gathered for their homecoming pep rally. They also will celebrate the positive, healthy choices that the majority of them are making in our community. 

Each East High sports team  highlighted an important statistic that demonstrates how strong our youth are. For example:
o 89% of Anchorage high school students are cigarette-free;
o 83% have abstained from soda pop in the last week; and
o 86% have been physically active in the last week. 

Let's give a hand for the impressive student body at East High School!



Mayor Dan Sullivan


Phone: 907-343-7100


Facebook: Mayor Dan Sullivan

Twitter: @MayorSullivan


7 mile Coastal Trail Renovation ends with 

Costume Parade & Celebration

Trail lovers have something to celebrate before snowfall.   The Tony Knowles resurfacing project is near completion and we think a costume parade is in order!

TONIGHT: Thursday September 26th, 2013. 5:30pm Parade from Elderberry Park (1297 West 5th Ave) to Westchester Lagoon Playground (1284 West 15th Ave): 


Please join us at Elderberry Park at 5:30 pm with the Alaska Community Concert Band and families in costume as we open our beloved trail, and lead a parade to the Playground at Westchester Lagoon.  Walk, bike, handcycle, rollerblade, stroller, skip...  the resulting celebration at Westchester Lagoon at 5:45 pm will include Wheel Good Food, info booths, giveaways and a DJ and playground fun. 

This seven mile resurfacing project was funded by the voters of Anchorage through a municipal bond, as well as by the Alaska State Legislature through a $1 million contribution to the Anchorage Park Foundation.  The Rasmuson Foundation also made contributions to APF to make the project shovel-ready this summer.

Hosted by the Anchorage Park Foundation, MOA Parks & Recreation Department, Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage, and Live.Work.Play. 

Featured Article

The Anchorage Fire Department is pleased to announce the grand opening of its new fire station 5.  The fire department has spent the last decade upgrading and modernizing its inventory of fire stations; Station 5 is one of the last stations to be upgraded.  The new station has private sleeping quarters for each firefighter, more space for apparatus and storage, and improved living areas.  Designed by Kumin and Associates, the station was designed to be functional and low-cost to maintain, while complementing the Spenard area and fitting it with the nearby homes and residential area.  The fire department is constructing its new facilities to last 50 plus years so the residents of Anchorage can rest assured that its new fire station will be a symbol of pride for many years to come.


Date: Saturday, September 28, 2013

Address:  2207 McRae Rd

Opening Ceremony: 1:30pm

Open House: 1:00-4:00pm


Please park at the Boys and Girls Club, 2300 W 36th Ave.


Here are some facts about Fire Station 6:

  • Amount received from the Alaska Legislature: $4.5M (FY2007)
  • Cost to build: $5,111,915.00
  • Architect: Kumin and Associates
  • Contractor: Roger Hickel Contracting Inc.
  • The new station is 12,396 square feet.
  • Construction duration: 12 months
  • The old station was less than 8800 square feet
  • It is home to Engine 5, Truck 5 and Medic 5.
  • There are 4 apparatus bays and 11 dorm rooms.
  • The original Station 5 was originally built in the early 1950's




Anchorage Centennial Community Grants Available! 

Anchorage Centennial Community Grants application process is now open for all Official Centennial Events/Projects. To be considered for a Community Grant, your event/project must be approved by the Anchorage Centennial Advisory Committee.  You can submit your event/project for approval online at Anchorage   and you can apply for the Community Grants through the Alaska Humanities Forum at until 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. For grant guidelines see


Anchorage Centennial Committee Meeting

October 1, 2013 at 1:00pm- 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. The meetings are open to the public.


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