Ongoing Projects

2nd Avenue Dog Park Project

The 2nd Avenue Dog Park will be under construction beginning August 24th. This project is part of the FAST Area Surface Upgrades program. 

Project Improvements Include:

  • Re-established drainage
  • Paving of the parking lot
  • Repairment of the bicycle pathway
  • Resurfacing of the bicycle pathway 

During construction, the parking lot and driveway will be blocked off to vehicle access. TEMPORARY vehicle access will be provided at the adjacent snow dump area to the left of the dog park (shown in the photo in blue), and access into the fenced in dog park can be found through the gate shown in pink. The dog park will remain open during construction with temporary access change. Construction is estimated to be completed in a few weeks.


The Snedden Memorial Park Project

Many thanks to our partner; the Helen E. Snedden Foundation for making this project possible. This is their volunteer project which is being fully funded by the Helen E. Snedden Foundation entirely.

The 2-5 year old section of playground will be replaced with new play equipment, and safety surface tiling. The left half of the playground (5-12 year old section) will remain open, and we ask that you please be mindful of the construction taking place on the right side of the Gazebo. Construction will be on going for the next few weeks. Thank you for your patience!

Tanana River Recreation Access Improvements Project

The Fairbanks North Star Borough are working on improvements throughout Summer 2023 for the Tanana Lakes Recreation Area. Staff will post updates periodically throughout the summer to provide information on areas affected by construction. Be sure to check the FNSB Parks and Recreation Facebook page or the Federal Highway Administration project page for updates.

Thank you in advance for your patience as FNSB and our partners work to make Tanana Lakes Recreation Area are safer and more accessible facility for the Fairbanks community to enjoy!

Project Improvements Include:

  • Paved access road into the park via South Lathrop Street, ending at the non-motorized boat launch parking lot
  • New connection between South Lathrop Street and Northlake Lane
  • Expanded parking at the swim beach parking lot
  • Paved parking at the non-motorized and motorized boat launch parking lots
  • Addition of ADA compliant parking and access
  • New vault restrooms at the swim beach and non-motorized boat launch parking lots
  • New paved pedestrian path from the Cushman Lake peninsula to the swim beach
  • ADA compliant swim beach access
  • Extension of power into the park
  • New head bolt outlets/ vehicle plug-ins to support winter recreation at the non-motorized and motorized boat launch parking lots

Find more information here

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North Star Community Recreation Center

The Fairbanks North Star Borough consists of a diverse and active population involved in numerous indoor and outdoor sports and recreation activities throughout the year. The Borough is seeking to meet the needs of those in our community by constructing a year round, multi-use community recreation center that will expand off, and provide upgrades to, the Big Dipper Ice Arena. This facility is to be constructed in a multi-year phased development with priorities catered to community needs, community use and ease of phased construction.

Find more information here.

Final Public Open House (October 19th, 2022)

The Graehl Park Revitalization Project

The renovated playground and plaza at Graehl Park is now OPEN! Construction of the Graehl Park Revitalization Project is complete, and the chain link fencing has been removed. The Parks and Recreation Department will be completing finishing touches before holding a ribbon cutting event later in August. Stay tuned for the event announcement! 

Project Improvements include:

  • Two play pads
  • A riverside plaza featuring a tile mosaic
  • Updated signage
  • Other safety and accessibility improvements

The project was funded through the FNSB Capital Improvement Program’s Small Park Replacement Program, a Tier 2 grant from Rasmuson Foundation, and a donation from FAST Planning. Thank you to Denakkanaaga, Inc. and FAST Planning for collaborating with FNSB on the artistic tile mosaic in the park’s plaza.

(Photo Credit: Cindy Jacobson)

FNSB Comprehensive Trails Plan

The Fairbanks North Star Borough passed and approved the Updated Trails Plan on June 20th, 2023. The Trails Plan that you helped create will now be adopted as part of the Borough's Regional Comprehensive Plan. The final adopted version, including all Assembly amendments, will be posted online in the coming weeks.

More information can be found here.

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