Parks and Recreation

The fate of the Carlson Center in Fairbanks will partly depend on the results of a survey that closes tomorrow night (Wednesday.) Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation Department is studying how best to manage the multi-purpose building.


Trails Challenge Extended to May 1

Apr 6, 2020

Alaska’s Interior had a very cold winter and a lot of snow. People are still skiing, snowshoeing and hiking on local trails. The state health department has recommended using trails as a way to help physical and mental health while staying far apart from each other. The Fairbanks North Star Borough Trails office has extended the Winter Trails Challenge to help people take advantage of the outdoors.


Trails Challenge Gets Folks Outdoors

Sep 11, 2019

With great weather for September, more people are taking advantage of local trails.  There are hundreds of public trails in the Fairbanks North Star Borough on borough and state land. To help hikers, bikers and ATV users find them, the borough has started a Trails Challenge.


State Parks Recreation Sites Get Upgrades

Jun 30, 2014
Aaron Berner

Fairbanks, AK - Improvement projects are happening at State Parks sites around the interior. The Upper Chatanika State Recreation site recently underwent renovations, and work on the Lower Chatanika site will start later this summer.

At the Upper Chatanika River State Recreational Site, rain and high river levels have been a concern for the last few years. Part of the road through the campsite ran next to the river, and when the river would rise, it created problematic conditions.

Brooks Ludwig, Northern Area Parks Superintendent, says the solution was creating a new road.

More than $7,000 worth of damage to brand new recreation equipment and landscaping at Tanana Lakes Recreation Area prompted Fairbanks North Star Borough Assemblyman Guy Sattley to ask fellow assembly members to approve $26,000 in additional of funding for the Parks and Recreation Department during the budgeting process this spring. 

"We have a tremendous investment out there, and it’s going to get heavier and heavier usage and we need to have folks out there in the night time to keep an eye on it, unfortunately," Sattley said. 

New Trail on Ester Dome in the Works

Oct 18, 2013

Fairbanks, AK - The Fairbanks North Star Borough, the State Department of Transportation and an area trail users group are in the beginning stages of a cooperative plan to build a new trail along Ester Dome Road.  The trail would be used for the annual Equinox Marathon, but it’s also a way to improve safety for runners, bikers and other residents who regularly use the road for recreation.

Assembly May Approve Sale of Park Land in Two Rivers

Sep 26, 2013

Fairbanks, AK - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly could approve the sale of six acres in the Two Rivers area.  The Pleasant Valley Community Association wants to use the land for public recreation.