JUNEAU - The city is sponsoring a meeting Wednesday about possible improvements to the Fish Creek Natural Area Park.
The North Douglas park is popular with hikers, anglers, bird watchers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts. The city has been working on a master plan for a 153-acre area, including 80 acres of city land and 73 acres of the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge.
A draft proposal has three sets of suggestions, starting with "bare essentials" such as hardening the trail and adding wheelchair access. Recreational upgrades would redesign the parking lot, add benches and viewpoints and erect a footbridge. The plan also includes suggestions to restore habitat by introducing log debris, controlling erosion, removing asphalt and restricting dogs at the east pond.
The city's Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee will take public testimony at a meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Assembly Chambers in City Hall downtown. E-mail comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available at www.juneau.lib.ak.us/parksrec/prac.php.
The committee is scheduled to take action at its regular meeting March 4.