Parnell Should Veto Plan to Bulldoze Two Anchorage Athletic Fields
Lane Powell Counsel to the Firm Matt Claman authored a commentary in the May 5 Alaska Dispatch titled “Parnell Should Veto Plan to Bulldoze Two Anchorage Athletic Fields.” In the article, Claman explains why he believes Gov. Sean Parnell should veto the plan to bulldoze two Anchorage athletic fields near Sullivan Arena to create space for a parking lot. Claman offers alternatives to bulldozing the athletic fields, including building a multilevel parking garage between Mulcahy Stadium and the Sullivan Arena, building a pedestrian bridge over A Street that would provide safe access to the parking areas near the office buildings between A Street and C Street, and developing a parking garage across the New Seward Highway (Ingra and Gambell streets) with a pedestrian bridge to the Sullivan Area.
This $5.19 million capital project for ground-level parking lot construction in central Anchorage highlights the need for flexible approaches to parking as our population grows. Parking challenges in different areas of Anchorage require our municipal leaders to find more flexible approaches than bulldozing valuable athletic fields. In Spenard, for example, Chilkoot Charlie’s has nighttime parking demands while adjacent retail businesses have daytime parking demands. Likewise, the Sullivan Arena has high parking demands at night while nearby office buildings have full parking lots during regular working hours.