Pioneer Park

The Centennial Civic Center at Pioneer Park was shut down last Friday after the building was thought to be dangerous. Events scheduled for last weekend were hastily moved and more will be rescheduled through November, December and January. The biggest impact is on the Fairbanks Arts Association, which is suddenly without office, storage or gallery space, and has to move many artworks while repairs are worked over the next three to four months.

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Army veteran Stephan Wolfert will present “Cry Havoc,” the story of his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder during performances and workshops that begin tonight at Fort Greely and continue into the weekend in Fairbanks. Wolfert’s a classically trained actor who says he found relief from PTSD on stage, especially when performing Shakespeare.

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The Folk School of Fairbanks has a new home – at Pioneer Park. The nonprofit school’s board of directors hopes to attract more students and offer more classes on traditional crafts and outdoors skills in the two buildings they've moved in to over the past couple of weeks. Board President Gordon Williams and Operations Director Don Kiely showed off the new facilities a couple of weeks ago and talked about the instruction they hope to offer there.

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Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Karl Kassel is again asking the public to help him figure out how to deal with the long backlog of deferred maintenance on borough facilities that are estimated to cost hundreds of millions of dollars. The mayor demonstrated the challenge he’s facing by asking residents to consider which of the top 10 facilities most in need of maintenance should the borough pay to fix – and which should be shut down and demolished.

Pioneer Park 50th

May 26, 2017
Fairbanks North Star Borough

Fairbanks’ Pioneer Park is turning fifty. The park, which opens for the season tomorrow (Sat), was built to host a 3 month long exhibition in 1967 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the purchase of Alaska. As KUAC's Dan Bross reports, the park has endured as a tourist attraction and community resource.

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The competition is heating up on this, the second full day of the Arctic Winter Games. But the action is just getting started at the many venues around Fairbanks where other games-related activities are taking place – that are not related to contests of strength and endurance.