Anchorage’s first concrete skate park is coming to the Russian Jack Park neighborhood.


The project was brought forward with strong community support and a $250,000 state grant awarded to the Anchorage Park Foundation. Construction began Monday, and is expected to last eight weeks.


The new skate park will be about 3,000-square feet, and include contoured surfaces, stainless steel rails and other elements.


“The park will provide a diverse range of terrain, obstacles and features, and reflects extensive input from community residents and Anchorage skaters during the design process,” according to the project plan on the Municipality of Anchorage’s website.


Local skate shop owner Jason Borgstede helped with the design.


“Skateboarding is something that’s been prevalent in Alaska for 30 years and we are just now finally getting an opportunity to have a place that’s ours,” Borgstede said. “We’ve got a million football fields, basketball courts, baseball fields, but finally skateboarding is going to have a place. Hopefully this just leads the way for many more.”


The skate park will be located right next to the polar bear playground at Russian Jack Springs Park.


There is a ribbon cutting and celebration planned for Aug. 27 at the new park.


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