The Settlers Bay Coastal Park near Knik-Goose Bay Road will be getting major renovations next spring.

The Mat-Su Borough Assembly unanimously approved $200,000 of infrastructure improvements to the area.

Development at the 295-acre park includes cycling and walking trails, an access road and parking area and a route along the tidal flats.

Assemblyman Dan Mayfield said there are about 1,000 homes within a mile of the park and Settlers Bay is one of the fastest-growing areas of the Mat-Su, so it's important to establish green space now.

"This becomes a very valuable piece of land to us in conserving and preserving that piece of property for the future," Mayfield said.

Great Land Trust bought the property for $1.4 million, then donated it to the borough.

The organization also donated $50,000 to the project; the Mat-Su Borough matched that with an in-kind donation of labor and equipment. Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation also gave $100,000 to the project.

Mayfield said construction is scheduled to begin in the spring.

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