Graehl Park has been renovated! Learn about the process and key featuresofthepark
See what we have planned for the Fall! Winter Lights Walk, Halloween Trick or Treat Town, and so much more!
Looking for trails in the Fairbanks North Star Borough? Check out the trails section of this guide for map information.
FAIRBANKS NORTH STAR BOROUGH PARKS AND RECREATION FALL
IN THIS GUIDE
The Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation Department preserves and creates an inclusive community culture by providing places and programs designed to enrich the quality of life.
HEAR FROM US
Sign up for our Parks and Recreation Newsletter and FLiP program. A fun way to know about all the events happening in your parks and facilities! Receive VIP access to various park events and special coupons in our monthly e-newsletter! Don’t miss out! Sign up online at parks.fnsb.gov or at the Parks and Recreation office in the Big Dipper Ice Arena.
FNSB PARKS AND RECREATION ACTIVITY GUIDE: Activity Guide is published three times a year in January (Winter/Spring), in April (Summer), and in August (Fall) by the Parks and Recreation Department, 1920 Lathrop Street, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701, (907) 459-1070, parks.fnsb.gov. Contents © 2023 Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation Department, all rights reserved.
FEES, CHARGES & CLASS TIME DISCLAIMER: Fees set in this activity guide are subject to approval by the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly. Fees are subject to change at any time. Class dates/times are subject to change. The FNSB Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to cancel activities due to lack of registration.
REFUND AND CANCELLATION POLICY: Please see page 7.
Aquatics Community Programs Senior Recreation Adaptive Recreation Pioneer Park Rec Areas Trails Library Programs Community Resources 9 14 19 23 31 40 43 49 55 59 Carlson Center 37 Big Dipper 1 Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation | fnsb_parks_and_rec WELCOME TO PARKS & REC
BrianCharlton FNSBParksandRecreation RecreationSuperintendent
Dear Community Members:
On behalf of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, I’m excited to welcome and invite you to explore the Fall 2023 Parks and Recreation Activity Guide!
Fall is a beautiful season, especially in the interior, with many enjoyable activities. Whether you are looking for outdoor adventures, seasonal events, or cozy indoor pastimes, there’s something for everyone! Engaging in community activities allows individuals to connect with others with similar interests and builds social networks.
I encourage you to engage with the community and actively participate in the activities and events outlined in this guide. Participation will enhance your personal growth and create meaningful memories that will last a lifetime!
Bryce J. Ward Mayor Fairbanks North Star Borough
As we wrap up another busy summer in Fairbanks, we would like to thank those of you who came out to our many events. It’s always exciting to host our regular activities as well as try out some new ones. Fall is a time of transition, where we wrap up summer projects and get a few more adventures in before the snow flies. When the snow comes, it means skiing, fat biking, snow machining, and ice fishing for some, and retreating to our indoor spaces for swimming, ice skating, gym time, and the PlayZone for others while of course some of us want it all!
The Borough Parks and Recreation Department strives to fill every season with fun community events for all ages and abilities. Throughout this guide you will find an abundance of indoor and outdoor activities. There is fun to be had throughout our parks and facilities every day of the year!
Some of the big events we have planned for this fall include Halloween Trick-orTreat Town, Spooky Trail at Tanana Lakes, the Trails Challenge, and the Downtown Winter Solstice Festival Winter Lights Walk. Our Senior, Adaptive, and Community Programs offer many smaller activities each week as well. If you haven’t already, sign up for FLiP (Fairbanks Loves its Parks) to receive our monthly e-newsletter to keep up with all the exciting programs and Parks and Rec news.
Last of all, don’t forget our facility-based programs including open swims, lap swimming, and swim lessons at Hamme, Mary Siah, and Wescott Pools; open skate, rec hockey, and stick-n-puck at the Big Dipper Ice Arena, Grandparent/Grandkid crafts at Joy Community Center, and the PlayZone at the Carlson Center. If the weather holds you might even be able to squeeze in a little pickleball or tennis. There really is so much going on that we had to create THIS amazing Activity Guide. We can’t we to see YOU!
WELCOME TO FNSB PARKS
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FAIRBANKS NORTH STAR BOROUGH PARKS AND RECREATION
Big Dipper Ice Arena 1920 Lathrop Street (907) 459-1104
Hamme Pool 931 Airport Way (907) 459-1086
Wescott Pool 300 E. 8th Avenue
North Pole (907) 488-9402
Pioneer Park 2300 Airport Way (907) 459-1087
Birch Hill Rec Area 101 Wilderness Drive (907) 457-4488
Tanana Lakes Rec Area 4400 S Cushman St Ext (907) 459-1070
Chena Lake Rec Area 3780 Laurance Rd
North Pole (907) 488-1655
Carlson Center 2010 2nd Ave. (907) 451-7800
John Haas Parks Superintendent firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Charlton Recreation Superintendent email@example.com
Lee Williams Riverside Superintendent firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Handeland Aquatics Manager email@example.com
Terrell Echols Carlson Center Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Prince Chena Lake Manager email@example.com
Michelle Leonard Programs Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
David Jones Maintenance Manager email@example.com
3 Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation | fnsb_parks_and_rec WELCOME TO PARKS & REC
FAIRBANKS LOVES ITS PARKS
Designedtohighlighttheparks,services, programs&facilitiesthatFNSBParks& Recreationprovidestothecommunity.
Membership is and the benefits are endless! FREE
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A monthly newsletter filled with upcoming events, signup deadlines, fun programs and valuable FLiP discounts. VIP perks & early access to community events throughout the year. Increased pride in our beautiful parks & playgrounds; and all of the recreation facilities and programs in the Fairbanks North Star Borough
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Siah Recreation Center
Dipper Ice Arena Carlson Center
valid for drop-in programs entry at: 10PUNCH 3MONTH ANNUAL $63.00 $154.00 $575.00 10PUNCH 3MONTH ANNUAL $45.00 $110.00 $400.00
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Createaccountloginandpassword. Addothermembersofyourhousehold. Nowyoucanregisterormakeother purchasesusingthesitenavigation!
Wedependonyourenrollment for a successful class! Classes which do not meet minimum enrollment are subject to cancellation. In the case of a cancellation, please contact us at(907)459-1070.
Refunds are subject to approval from the Parks & Recreation Director.
ParksandRecreationOffice BigDipper,2ndFloor 1920LathropStreet Fairbanks,Alaska99701 907-459-1070
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THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING OUR SUMMER EVENTS
INTRO TO FISHING
PARK PLAY DAYS
INTRO TO HIKING
COMMUNITY FUN NIGHT #3
CHENA LAKE ART&MUSIC FESTIVAL SENIOR RECOGNITION DAY CHALK THE PARK
when posting to Instagram, Facebook & Twitter, and share your great Fairbanks Parks and Rec photos with us! #FNSBParksRec Use WEWANTYOUR BESTSHOT! Check out this photo submitted for out 2022 Chena Lake Photo contest! We utilize photos sent in for publications Check out this photo submitted for out 2022 Chena Lake Photo contest! We utilize photos sent in for publications such as this, flyers for programs, and other promotional material. such as this, flyers for programs, and other promotional material.
Photo Credit: Megan McGowan
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FALL AQUATICS SCHEDULE FALL AQUATICS SCHEDULE
MARY MARY SIAH SIAH
HAMME HAMME POOL POOL WESCOTT WESCOTT POOL POOL
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Find our class list online PARKS.FNSB.GOV Session Dates Tuesday/Thursday Cost Registration Date Sept 12-Oct 5 Nov 2- Nov 21 Nov 28- Dec 19 Sept 5 7am Oct 25 7am Nov 21 7am $64.00/$72.00 $48.00/$54.00 $56.00/$63.00 Session Dates Wednesdays Cost Registration Date Sept 13- Oct 4 Oct 25- Nov 15 Nov 29- Dec 20 Sept 6 7am Oct 11 7am Nov 22 7am $32.00/$36.00 $32.00/$36.00 $32.00/$36.00 Session Dates Saturdays Cost Registration Date Sept 16- Oct 21 Nov 11- Dec 16 Sept 7 7am Oct 27 7am $40.00/$45.00 $40.00/$45.00 Tuesday/Thursday Session Dates Cost Registration Date Sept 12- Oct 5 Oct 24- Nov 16 Nov 28- Dec 19 Sept 5 7am Oct 17 7am Nov 21 7am $64.00/$72.00 $56.00/$63.00 $56.00/$63.00 Session Dates Wednesdays Cost Registration Date Sept 13- Oct 4 Oct 25- Nov 15 Nov 29- Dec 20 Sept 6 7am Oct 11 7am Nov 22 7am $32.00/$36.00 $32.00/$36.00 $32.00/$36.00 Session Dates Saturdays Cost Registration Date Sept 16- Oct 21 Oct 28- Nov 18 Sept 7 7am Oct 24 7am $48.00/$54.00 $32.00/$36.00 Find our class list online PARKS.FNSB.GOV 10 ACTIVITYGUIDEFALL2023 PARKS.FNSB.GOV/(907)459-1070
HOST POOL August18|6:00PM [WestValley|HammePool] August25|6:00PM [Lathrop |HammePool] August26|10:30AM [Lathrop |HammePool] September8|6:00PM [NorthPole |WescottPool] October6|6:00PM [Hutchison |HammePool] October20|6:00PM [Monroe |HammePool] October26|6:00PM [Lathrop |HammePool] DIVINGREGIONALSPRELIMS October27|6:00PM [Lathrop |HammePool] SWIMMINGREGIONALSPRELIMS October28|10:30PM [Lathrop |HammePool] SWIMMING&DIVEREGIONALFINALS November3&4 Juneau SWIMMING&DIVESTATEFINALS 11 Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation | fnsb_parks_and_rec AQUATICS
MEET SCHEDULE High School Swimming
SEPTEMBER NOVEMBER OCTOBER DECEMBER 9 FALLEQUINOXTEAMSPRINT WESCOTTPOOL 9:00A 30 NORTHERNAREADISTANCE PATTYPOOL 9:00A 7 SPEEDYSATURDAYS HAMMEPOOL 9:00P 21&22 IMPENTATHLON HAMMEPOOL 9:00A 4 ROBBCOADYNOVICE HAMMEPOOL 9:00A 18&19 PIPSQUEEKSERIES PATTYPOOL9:00A 9 CANDYCANE WESCOTTPOOL9:00P 15-17 WISHBONEINVITE HAMMEPOOL9:00A 12 ACTIVITYGUIDEFALL2023 PARKS.FNSB.GOV/(907)459-1070
CLUB SWIM MEETS
6:00-7:00P LITE FRIGHTS 7:00-8:00P SPOOKTACULAR SPOOKY TRAIL 907-459-1070 PARKS.FNSB.GOV MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2023 TANANA LAKES
COMMUNITY COMMUNITY RECREATION RECREATION
Let's have fun! Join us as we engage in recreation across the Borough! From Park Play Days to Grandparent and Grandkid crafts, we work hard to bring fun and engagement to our community! Get out, play, and be safe!
We partner with many different local organizations to keep enrichment in the community. We attend local expos, create pop-up events, and bring the fun anywhere we go! Interested in partnering with us? Contact us below!
Questions about our program? Contact Youth and Family Programs at 907-459-1028
For general questions contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-459-1070
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YOU'RE INVITED TO JOIN THE
FAMILY PLAY NIGHT
At Joy Community Center Select Wednesdays Sept- Dec 4:30-6:00p
YOU'LL FIND US AT 24 MARAGRET AVE FAIRBANKS
$5 PER CHILD, ADULTS FREE AGES 3-12 YEARS OLD
THINGS TO NOTE:
Ball night- working on sport skills involving throwing, catching, kicking, etc- basketball, pickleball, soccer
Movement night- activities that help you learn how your body moves in space and sensory play
Parents must stay with children. There are no drop offs. A break room will be available with an easy craft for when your child needs a break!
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Morris Thompson Cultural Center Griffin Park Snowshoe How- to Learnaboutsnowshoeingandthe scienceofsnow! Limitedrentalsavailableonsite. November 11, 2023 11a-3p 16 ACTIVITYGUIDEFALL2023 PARKS.FNSB.GOV/(907)459-1070
FindusonFacebook! FairbanksNorthStarBoroughParksandRecreation LOOK FOR OUR COMMUNITY LOOK FOR OUR COMMUNITY EVENT FLYERS AROUND TOWN! EVENT FLYERS AROUND TOWN!
SIGN UP WITH THE QR CODE! FLiP Appreciation Day occurs the second Wednesday of every month! On FLiP Day, you can get one drop-in program free* with your promo-code! *Covers one household admission FLiP FLiP APPRECIATION DAY APPRECIATION DAY OR AT PARKS.FNSB.GOV
Staying active and engaged leads to good health and well-being. Join us for walking at the Big Dipper Ice Arena, exercise at Joy Community Center and Santa Senior Center, and scheduled social outings.
Find our schedule below, or at PARKS.FNSB.GOV. Senior Program info is listed under General Info- Senior Program. You can find our monthly calendars and bi- monthly newsletters (Golden Age Gazette).
Walking Group: Tuesday/Thursday 9:30-10:30A, Big Dipper
Exercise Group: Monday-Friday 11:15-11:45A, Locations Vary
Aquasize: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 1 -1:45P, Mary Siah Rec Center
Social Outings: Wednesdays, Times& Locations Vary
Grandparent/Grandkid Crafts: 1st& 4th Thursdays 4 -5:30P, Joy Community Center
Senior Potluck: 3rd Friday* 2:00P-4:00P at Mary Siah Rec Center
*September's will be on September 8, 2023
Questions about our program?
Contact Marya Lewanski at 907-459-1136
For general questions contact us at email@example.com or 907-459-1070
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MeetingstakeplaceintheJHACAssembly ChambersatNoonquarterly.Meetingsarethe secondThursdayofJanuary,April,July,and October.Moreinformationcanbefound
fnsb.gov/Senior-Citizens-Advisory-Commission. DarleneSupplee (907)452-1735 1424 Moore Street Fairbanks, AK (907) 452-1735 FAIRBANKSSENIORCENTER 101 E. 5th Avenue North Pole, AK (907) 488-4663 SANTA'SSENIORCENTER 6062 Johnson Road Salcha, AK (907) 488-1606 SALCHASENIORCENTER MORE INFORMATION TRANSPORTATION ContactamemberoftheSeniorCitizensAdvisory Commissionifyouhaveanyideasorconcernsthat bearuponthewelfareofseniorcitizensandarewithin thepowersoftheFairbanksNorthStarBorough. SENIOR CITIZENS ADVISORY SENIOR CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMISSION COMMISSION
online: KarenWood (907)474-2121 BarbaraTarkiainen (907)479-3209 Could This BeYou? DeniseDaniello (219)381-8421 MarleyneHunter (907)488-4116 DrenaMcIntyre (907)347-1534 CarolAnthony (907)458-5545 TwoVacant Seats PARKS.FNSB.GOV 20 ACTIVITYGUIDEFALL2023 PARKS.FNSB.GOV/(907)459-1070
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Mary Siah Rec Center
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ComeJoin ComeJoin ComeJoin us us us Grandparent/ Grandkid Crafts 1st & 4th Thursday of the Month, 4:00-5:30PM Joy Community Center 22 ACTIVITYGUIDEFALL2023 PARKS.FNSB.GOV/(907)459-1070
CenterRegister for times Register for times Register
MUST register for adaptive recreation programs!
Swimming then Art projects -
for times Lunch Chat
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times $5.50/game Free Free Free Free
Activity Bowling Non competitive bowling Arctic Bowl 952 10th Ave
sessions during lunch hour Mondays Computer and board games -Joy Community Center Description/Location Days Times Fees Tuesdays M, T, W,F Thursdays
Joy Community Center Register for times Fridays
Swimming & Art Walking & Games
Wednesdays Movies, Bingo,
Big Dipper Ice
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Wii Games Walking on the track then board games
Adaptive Adaptive Game Game tuesdays tuesdays Call907-459-1097 Call907-459-1097 Tosignup! Tosignup! 24 ACTIVITYGUIDEFALL2023 PARKS.FNSB.GOV/(907)459-1070
Party September 15, 2023 Sign up ahead: PARKS.FNSB.GOV Friday, 1:00-4:00PM 25 Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation | fnsb_parks_and_rec ADAPTIVE
CULTURAL EVENTS MOVIE MOVIE NIGHT NIGHT KARAOKE AND MORE! FIND OUR CALENDAR AT: PARKS.FNSB.GOV CALL 907-459-1097 TO SIGN UP ADAPTIVEPROGRAMMING BINGO 26 ACTIVITYGUIDEFALL2023 PARKS.FNSB.GOV/(907)459-1070
Some exclusion dates apply
Mary Siah Rec Center
Monday- Friday: 10:00-11:15a & 3:30-4:30p
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Family swim requires one parent or guardian in the water with their children. Family swim may be limited to shallow water only.
Tuesday- Friday: 7:00-8:30 pm
Saturdays: 2:00-4:30 pm
Tuesday- Friday: 7:00-8:30 pm
Saturdays: 1:30-3:45 pm
The Carlson Center
The playzone is designed for kids ages 0-8. It includes kid carts, foam blocks, slides, tunnels, and more! Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The Big Dipper
Monday- Friday: 11:45am-1:15pm*
Wednesdays: 5:30-6:45 pm
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Saturdays: 3:45-5:15 pm
*times may vary due to hockey games. Call (907) 459- 1104 to confirm times
Capitol Improvement Program: Small Park Replacement Program
“Park- A- Year” Graehl Park 2023
Graehl Park was the 2023 project under the Capital Improvement Program's (CIP) Small Park Replacement Program, an annual dedicated stream of capital funding to renovate small Borough Parks. The program is often referred to as "Park-A-Year" with the goal of renovating one small Borough park a year. The first successful "Park-A-Year" project was Bluebell Park, which was completed in two phases in 2020 and 2021.
Seeking another endeavor through this program, Graehl Park was the undisputed next candidate. Graehl Park is one of the most popular small parks, receiving heavy use due to its convenient location in downtown Fairbanks, proximity to the Chena River Walk, river views, and access to a boat launch for Chena River recreation. Additionally, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (AKDOT&PF) had put considerable work into the area in recent years, renovating both of the bridges adjacent to Graehl Park. In close cooperation with the FNSB Parks and Recreation Department, AKDOT&PF provided access improvements to the park as a component of the Wendell Street Bridge project. The AKDOT&PF project improved the sidewalks and parking along Front Street, including a sidewalk ramp for ease of access from the street, accessible parallel parking in front of the park, and improved parking further down Front Street. Making facilities accessible is a key goal for the Small Park Replacement Program, and the partnership with AKDOT&PF to address parking and access deficiencies along Front Street made a renovation at Graehl Park more feasible.
The FNSB Parks and Recreation Department applied for a Tier 2 Rasmuson Foundation grant, and in December 2021 the Rasmuson Foundation notified the Department that the Graehl Park Revitalization Project was awarded a $300,000 grant. As the design process progressed, the project continued to build on community partnerships. In partnership with FAST Planning, Denakkanaaga, Inc, and the Alaska Native Cultural Coalition of the Interior, an artistic tile mosaic was added to the project's scope. FAST Planning provided a $30,000 donation to catalyze the effort to add a mosaic to the proposed riverside plaza, and the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly appropriated an additional $40,000 for the tile mosaic. Denakkanaaga, Inc hosted a beadwork competition, soliciting nature-themed designs. A winning design was selected at the 2022 Denakkanaaga Annual Conference, and is now featured in the park's plaza accompanied by a sign with an artist biography, artist statement, and a land acknowledgement. The winning design was submitted by Denise Newman, featuring floral inspired beadwork on traditionally tanned moose hide.
The kiosk signage was developed in collaboration with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), providing information and images of fish species in the Chena River. ADF&G also provided funding to execute a streambank restoration project at the park in the last several years and continues to monitor the site.
Freelance artist Shayla Sackinger with Bird Ninja Art created the custom Graehl Park triangular graphic displayed on the kiosk. The Tanana Valley Watershed Association received a grant to install pet waste stations and informational signage at riverfront parks, including Graehl Park. A long-time Fairbanks family provided a donation to the project to have a memorial bench in the park. The park's revitalization was a cooperative effort between many organizations, and the Fairbanks North Star Borough hopes to continue this synergistic effort with future Small Park Replacement Projects.
A ribbon cutting event was held on August 15, 2023, where the Parks and Recreation Department was joined by the Rasmuson Foundation, Denakkanaaga, Inc., FAST Planning, Chena Riverfront Commissioners, Fairbanks North Star Borough staff, and many more to celebrate the successful renovation of Graehl Park. We look forward to more successful park renovations!
Trisha Levasseur (FNSB Parks& Rec- Project Coordinator)
Cindy Jacobson (FNSB- Project Manager)
April Newman (FNSB- Administrative Assistant)
Rebecca Brice Henderson (Rasmuson Foundation- Board Member)
Sue Sprinkle (City of Fairbanks- City Council Member)
Ariella Derrickson (Dene’ Eslaanh)
Keith Nordmark (FNSB Parks& Rec- Park Caretaker)
Jackson Fox (FAST Planning- Executive Director)
Brian Charlton (FNSB Parks& Rec- Recreation Superintendent)
John Haas (FNSB Parks& Rec- Parks Superintendent)
Kimberly Diamond (FNSB Parks& Rec- Project Coordinator)
Jim Williams (FNSB- Chief of Staff)
Travis Cole (Dene’ Eslaanh)
Pictured here, from left to right
Tile mosaic, design by Denise Newman. Floral inspired beadwork on traditionally tanned moose hide
LIBRARY PROGRAMS LIBRARY PROGRAMS
The Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Libraries’ mission is to provide Borough residents free access to the full spectrum of opportunities that inform, inspire, and entertain, and to offer an open forum for diverse facts, ideas, and opinions.
NOEL WIEN PUBLIC LIBRARY NOEL WIEN PUBLIC LIBRARY
NoelWienLibraryiscurrentlyclosedfor renovations,butyoucanfindusatourtemporary locationinsideJoyCommunityCenterat24 MargaretAvenue!
JOY BRANCH LIBRARY JOY BRANCH LIBRARY HOURS: HOURS:
Young Adult Services:
Gaming events, art programs, teen & tween movies, monthly Grab Bags, and more!
Mother Moose, Twos Time, Preschool
Storytime, Family Storytime, Pajama
Storytime, FUNtastic Club, and more!
For more information on library programs and services, please visit:
NORTH POLE BRANCH LIBRARY NORTH POLE BRANCH LIBRARY 656NPHSBoulevard,NorthPole,AK99705 (907)488-6101
HOURS: HOURS: Monday10am-8pm
Wearealwaysonthego!Ifyouwishtogetintouch withtheBookmobileServicesstaff,pleasecall (907)firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hours and location subject to change. Please check the library calendar online for current hours and the most updated schedule.
HOURS & LOCATIONS: HOURS & LOCATIONS:
FIRSTSATURDAY:BeckerRidgeattheFireStationCornerof BeckerRidge&PotterRd11am-12:15pm EsteratEsterPostOffice12:30-1:45pm
THIRDSATURDAY: SalchafromattheSalchaStoreand SupplyontheRichardsonHighway,11am-1pm
FOURTHSATURDAY: TwoRivers/PleasantValleyatthe PleasantValleyStoreonChenaHotSpringsRoad,11am-1pm
Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library
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North Star Borough Public Library
Starting June 1, 2023, the North Pole Branch Library will have extended hours! These hours will continue through the duration of the Noel Wien Library Renovation Project.
For questions, see the library's website at fnsblibrary.org or give us a call at 907-488-6101.
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CARLSON CENTER CARLSON CENTER
2010 2nd Ave.
Fairbanks, AK 99701
TheCarlsonCenterisa4,595seatarenalocatedalongthebanksoftheChenaRiverandacrossfrom GrowdenMemorialParkFairbanks,Alaska.ItisthethirdlargestarenainAlaskafollowedbehindthe SullivanArenaandAlaskaAirlinesCenterlocatedinAnchorage,Alaska.ThefacilityservesasInterior Alaska'slargestentertainment,sports,andmeetingfacility.ItishometotheUniversityofFairbanks
Lookingforsomeindoorfunthis winterforyourlittles?Trythe Playzone!Lotsoftoysandplay equipmenttoexploreandlet imaginationswander!Designedfor kids0-8yrsold.Forolderchildren, trythenewHideout!Asafespacefor kids9-13yrsoldwithvideogames, pingpong,craftsandfoosball!
Apartythatyoudon'thavetoclean up?It'sadreamcometruewhen youhaveapartyattheCarlson Center!Threepartypackagesto choosefrom:BearNecessities, FunkyFoxes,andMooseonthe Loose.Meetingsandeventspace alsoavailableforrent.Detailsand pricingavailableatparks.fnsb.gov!
TheCarlsonCenterhostsmany eventslikeholidaybazaars,home shows,hockeygamesandwillhost theChrisYoungin2023!This summer,TheCarlsonCenterwill featureindoorsoccer,pickleball rollerskating&more!
TheCarlsonCenteristhethirdlargest arenabyseatingcapacityinAlaska. InsidetheCarlsonCenter,the Nanookshaveaworld-classlocker room,trainingrooms,coachesoffices andotherfeaturesthatcameaspart ofa2013CarlsonCenterrenovation
BAZAARS CONCERTS,BAZAARS &SPORTS
37 parks.fnsb.gov | (907) 459-1070 37 Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation | fnsb_parks_and_rec CARLSONCENTER PIONEER PARK
CARLSON ACTIVITY CENTER
BIRTHDAY PARTY PACKAGES
BEAR NECESSITIES $50
A 2hr room rental for you to host your party and bring your own decorations to make the best party you can for up to 10 kids. Additional activities available at drop-in rate.
11-15 Kids: $65, 16-20 Kids: $80
FUNKY FOXES $150
A 2hr room rental along with a totally decked out party room, utensils, and seating for up to 10 kids. Additional activities available at drop-in rate.
11-15 Kids: $185, 16-20 Kids: $220
MOOSE ON THE LOOSE $250
A 2hr room rental along with a totally decked out party room, utensils, birthday cake, party activities, access to additional activities listed above, and seating for up to 10 kids.
11-15 Kids: $310, 16-20 Kids: $370
Add on Activities
Playzone (0-8yrs old ONLY)
Skate (skate rental $4/pair)
BOOK TODAY CALL 907-459-1087 OR EMAIL CARLSONCENTER@FNSB.GOV
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NovemberGameSchedule 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Sun MonTue Wed Thr Fri Sat SeptemberGameSchedule 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Sun MonTue Wed Thr Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thr Fri Sat 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 26 25 27 28 29 OctoberGameCalendar 1 30 31 December Game Schedule 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Sun MonTue Wed Thr Fri Sat 30 29 31 39 Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation | fnsb_parks_and_rec CARLSONCENTER
2300 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Pioneer Park is a 44 acre Historical Theme Park located in the heart of Fairbanks, Alaska - between Airport Way and the Chena River bike path. There is no admission fee to enter Pioneer Park. Feel free to come to the Park and experience a self-guided tour of our artifacts, buildings and grounds! You can also enjoy the playground and Bear Art Gallery at no cost! Some museums and activities charge a nominal fee. Winter season is September 15 through May 15. While there are not vendors in the cabins, there is still much to enjoy at Pioneer Park!
JoinPioneerParkandAccessAlaskaforafamilyfriendlywayto celebrateHalloween!GoldRushTowntransformsinto HalloweenTrickorTreatTowntobringlotsofSpook'tacularfun!
JoinPioneerParkfortheir AnnualHolidayTreeLightingthe SaturdayafterThanksgiving (Nov25,2023).GoldRushTown Cabinswillalsobelit,andyou canvoteforyourfavoriteNov 25-Dec13,2023.
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halloween trick or treat town
PioneerParkisturningintoa whimsical'spook'taculartown thishalloween!Comeenjoy Halloweentownwithspooky trainrides,costumecontests, trickortreating,dancing,visits fromourmostbeloved charactersandmore!
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28th 1-8pm @ pioneer park
Gold Rush Town Cabin Lights Walk
HelpuslightupPioneerParkfor GoldRushTowncabinsto interestedsponsors.Decoratea cabintoyourtastesforthe holidayseason.Advertiseyour business,organization,orevent onthecabin.Spreadthejoyof theseason!
Cabinsareavailablestarting November1,2023fora$250 sponsorship.Youprovidethe lights,wesupplytheelectricity. Alldecorationsmustbeinplace byThanksgivingDay. ContactLeeatthePioneerPark officetosignup.907-459-1268; email@example.com
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BIG DIPPER ICE ARENA BIG DIPPER ICE ARENA
1920 Lathrop St.
Fairbanks, AK 99701
TheBigDipperIceArenaisownedandoperatedbytheFairbanksNorthStarBoroughforthebenefit ofallitsresidentsandvisitors.OnceanairplanehangarinTanacross,thestructurewasreassembled andrepurposedasanicearenainFairbanksin1968. Commonlyreferredtoas"TheDipper,"the facilityhostspublicskating,youthandadulthockey,andishomeoftheIceDogsoftheNorth AmericanHockeyLeague. Awalkingandjoggingtrackisfreetothepublicduringscheduledhours. Mostareasofthefacility,includingtheice,areavailableforprivaterentalsandspecialevents.
TheFairbanksIceDogsareaTierII junioricehockeyteamintheNorth AmericanHockeyLeague'sMidwest Division.TheIceDogsplayhome gamesatthe2,200-seatBigDipper IceArenainFairbanks,Alaska.Fora completescheduleofgames,visit theirwebsiteat fairbanksicedogs.com.
Thewalkingandjoggingtrackis freetothepublicduring scheduledhours.Walkingis availableM-F6am-6pm,and Sundays11am-4pm,orunless otherwiseposted.Nowalkingon Saturdays.
Ouroutdoortrackisavailable yearround,circlingtheKiwanis FootballField
JoinusforRecskate,stroller skate,andfreeskate. Thereisalsotimeduringthe daytopracticeyourhockey skills!Stickandpuckis generallyofferedinthe mornings.
Inthesummer,ouroutdoor rinksturnintoPickleballcourts! Pickleballnetsaregenerallyset upmidMay-midSeptember. Thereisequipmentfreeto borrowintheskateroomofthe BigDipper.
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NovemberGameSchedule 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Sun MonTue Wed Thr Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thr Fri Sat 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 26 25 27 28 29 OctoberGameCalendar 1 30 31 39 45 Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation | fnsb_parks_and_rec BIGDIPPER
Monday - Friday 11:45am - 1:15pm
Wednesdays 5:30pm - 6:45pm
Saturdays 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Sundays 1:30pm - 2:45pm
6:30am - 8:30am
STICK & PUCK
Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:00am - 9:00am
Fridays 10:00am - 11:00am
Schedules subject to change. Please check online for the most up-to-date schedule. The online version is available for download at: parks.fnsb.gov.
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Lights Walk Winter Check out the Winter Solstice Festival website for more information! wintersolsticefestivalfairbanks.com December 16, 2023 Griffin Park 47
Our Winter Lights Walk is happening again in December 2023! If you would like to sponsor the event, please contact the programs office at 907-459-1028 48
CHENA LAKE CHENA LAKE RECREATION AREA RECREATION AREA
3780 Laurance Rd
North Pole, AK 99705
ChenaLakeRecreationAreaisa2,178acreparklocatedeastofNorthPole.Theparkoffersmultiple outdoor activities including hiking, skiing, walking, snowshoeing, snow-machining, ice fishing, auroraviewingandphotographyinthewinter.
ChenaLakeisanideallocationto viewtheauroraborealisor "northernlights." Theofficial auroraseasonisAug21-Apr21.
ChenaLakeisopentononmotorizedboating.Weaskyou boatresponsibly,andstayoutof thebuoymarkedswimarea. BoatrentalsendLaborDay Weekend.
ChenaLakealsooffers5.5miles ofmostlyflatbiketrail.Bike rentalsareavailablethrough AlaskaDreamAdventures.
TheMikeAgbabaTrailSystem offers12milesofgroomed, multiple-usetrailsalongChena Lakeandsurroundingparkareas. Choosefromthe3.8mi,5.1mi, 6.5mi,9.5mi,or12mileloopsfor youractivity.
TheRiverParkCross-CountrySki Trailsoffers4.3mi(7km)of groomed,classicalskiingtrails nestledalongtheChenaRiver.No dogsallowedonskitrails.
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ChenaLakeRecreationAreaisstockedwithRainbow Trout,ChinookSalmon,andArcticCharthroughoutthe year.Shorefishingisavailable.Youmayalsobringyour non-motorizedboatandfishonthelakeaswell.
FishingisavailableintheRiverParkaswellfromthe banks.ThereyoucanfindRainbowTrout,Chinook Salmon,andArcticChar.Inthesloughsattheriverpark, youcancatchPike.
ChenaLakeRecreationAreainvitesallnon-motorized watercraftuserstoenjoythelake,butweaskthatyoudo soresponsibly.Noboatsaretobewithinthebuoys markingtheswimmingbeacharea.
PAVILIONRENTALS PAVILIONRENTALS $10/Hour
ChoosefromtheIslandViewpavilion,Riversidepavilion,or SwimBeachpavilion.Parkandgreenspacereservations alsoavailable.Specialeventfeesmayapply.
TheRiverParkNatureTrailsareavailableforyear-round use.Choosefromsevenkilometersoftrailsnestledalong theChenaRiverandthefloodcontrolcollectionchannel. Pleaseremembertobealerttothepresenceofwildlifeon thesetrails.
ChenaLakeRecreationAreahas5.5milesofpavedbike trailsand3.6milesofunpavedbiketrails.Withmultiple parkingareasandeasyaccessonandoffthetrails,make ChenaLakeyournextbikingdestination!Alltrailsareflat, withlittletonoelevationgain.
CHENA LAKE RECREATION AREA CHENA LAKE RECREATION AREA
Rentals available on site
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4400 S. Cushman St. Ext
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Conveniently located just minutes from downtown Fairbanks, Tanana Lakes Recreation Area is a 750 acre multi-use recreation area. This park offers plenty of outdoor opportunities in the winter for peopleofallagesincludinghiking,skiing,snowmachining,icefishingandmore.Thenewlyremodeled RifleRangeisopen8am-10pmdaily;closedWednesdaysfrom8am-12pmformaintenance.
Tanana Lakes has trails offering opportunitiesforhikinginthefalland skiing in the winter. Enjoy the fall colorsasyouwalkaroundthelake.Or enjoy the crunch of the snow as you skithegroomedtrails.
Ice huts are available typically in December as opening dates vary according to ice thickness. The Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game stocks the lakes with Rainbow Trout and Chinook Salmon. The Tanana River has Arctic Grayling, Northern Pike, WhitefishandBurbot.
Keep an eye our for our skating loop and rink! They are put in once the ice isready. Huts are $30/day and include one bundle of wood. Huts are 8x12 and equipped with a wood stove. Additional bundles of wood are available for $5. Submit a request online at parks.fnsb.gov. Reservations are approved M-F, 8-5pm.
Therearemulti-usetrailsforsnow machining, including trails that head out onto the Tanana River and go for miles! There are also more than five miles of groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing! Leashed dogs are welcome on trails- please pick up petwaste.
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TANANA LAKES RECREATION AREA TANANA LAKES RECREATION AREA
TananaLakesRecreationAreainvitesallmotorized andnon-motorizedwatercraftuserstoenjoythelakes, butweaskthatyoudosoresponsibly.Nomotorized boatsallowedonCushmanLake.TananaLake,which allowsentrytotheTananaRiver,isopentomotorized boats.
Open8:00am-10:00pmdaily;ClosedonWednesdays, 8:00am-10:00am,formaintenanceandcleaning.The loadingordischargeoffirearms,bowsorcrossbows, areprohibitedforpublicsafetyreasonsanywherein therecreationarea,exceptattheoutdoorshooting range.
PavilionRentalsareavailableatthepark$10per hour.Fullparkreservationsalsoavailable. Specialeventfeesmayapply.
Inthesummertime,TananaLakeshasmotorized andnon-motorizedtrailsthroughoutthepark,as wellasasectionofgravelserviceroads.In summer,the6.4kmlooparoundtheparkisa greatoption.TheSandpiper,EagleandOverlook Trailsoffershortertreks.
Whenthesnowflies,ournon-motorizedtrailsare openformultiuse.You'llfindhiking,skiing, snowshoeingandfatbiking!Comeoutandenjoy thetrails.
TananaLakesisstockedannuallybytheAlaskaDepartmentof FishandGamewithRainbowTroutandChinookSalmon.The TananaRiverhasArcticGrayling,NorthernPike,Whitefish,and Burbot.
IceHutsareavailableforrentfor$30/dayinthewintertime.Huts are8'x12'andfourholesaredrilledthemorningofyour reservation.Woodstoveandonebundlewoodincluded.Bring ownfishing&warmweathergear,lighter/matchesforstove, lanternandmaythefishbitealldayforyou!
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Trail funding provided in part by The Recreational Trails Program through The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation.
40+ kilometers of trails for hiking, biking and running Birch Hill Ski Center has all the traditional amenities of a ski lodge; a waxing room, restrooms with changing areas, & a 2,500 square foot Assembly Room—that is also available for meeting, wedding and banquet rentals
Warm-Up Hut with 24-hour restrooms and changing facilities
18-Hole Disc Golf Course with two sets of tee areas
Large lawn area
Play disc golf on the 18-hole course.
Run, mountain bike or ski on one of the many hillside trails! Rent the assembly room for a wedding or event.
101 Wilderness Dr. Fairbanks, AK 99701
HOURS OF OPERATION
Building open by reservation
Park hours: 7AM—10PM
Office (907) 457-4488
The Birch Hill Ski Center is perfect for your next event! Weddings, corporate events, family gatherings or birthday parties. The facility calendar fills up quickly so book your event early. Reservations may be approved up to 18 months in advance.
Through a partnership with the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, the Fairbanks North Star Borough Department of Parks and Recreation makes Birch Hill Recreation Area and the Jim Whisenhant Cross Country Ski Trail System available for year-round public use.
$100.00 HourlyRate(4HourMin) HalfDay(8Hours) $700.00 $100.00 AlcoholPermit LaborRates(perhour) $30.00+ FullDay(8am-12am) $1,000.00
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*discounts for non-profits*
North Star Borough Parks and Recreation
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TRAILS OFFICE TRAILS OFFICE
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The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly passed and approved the Updated Trails Plan on June 20, 2023. The Trails Plan that you helped create will now be adopted as part of the Borough's Regional Comprehensive Plan. The final adopted version, including all Assembly amendments, will be posted online in the coming weeks at fnsbtrailsplan.com.
1920 Lathrop St. 907-459-7401
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FOR YOUR INPUT AND SUPPORT!
Findthemonour trailsofficewebsite! FOR FOR LOOKING LOOKING MAPS? MAPS? tinyurl.com/fnsbtrails
FULL OF WINTER FUN! FULL OF WINTER FUN!
The Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation Department supports a number of community organizations. The following sports organizations are not affiliated with Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation unless otherwise indicated. The Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation Department cannot guarantee the accuracy of the listings. For more information on any of the groups, please visit the website listed.
GOLDEN NORTH ARCHERY
Facebook - GoldenNorthArchery
FAIRBANKS ADULT AMATEUR BASEBALL
FAIRBANKS NORTH STAR INTERIOR PONY BASEBALL
ALASKA GOLDPANNERS BASEBALL, INC.
INTERIOR BASEBALL LEAGUE firstname.lastname@example.org
FAIRBANKS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL email@example.com
Facebook - FairbanksWomensBasketball
INTERIOR YOUTH BASKETBALL firstname.lastname@example.org
EPIC KAYAK ULTIMATE email@example.com
ALASKA ALPINE CLUB
FAIRBANKS CURLING CLUB firstname.lastname@example.org
FAIRBANKS CYCLE CLUB email@example.com
FAR NORTH BMX firstname.lastname@example.org
BALLROOM DANCE CLUB email@example.com
DANCE THEATER FAIRBANKS firstname.lastname@example.org
FAIRBANKS YOUTH FOOTBALL email@example.com
FAIRBANKS DISC GOLF ASSOCIATION firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook - FairbanksDGA
FAIRBANKS GOLF ASSOCIATION email@example.com
PIONEER PARK PUTTERS
Facebook- Pioneer Park Putters Group
FAIRBANKS AREA HIKING CLUB firstname.lastname@example.org
ARCTIC LIONS HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
FAIRBANKS AMATEUR HOCKEY email@example.com
FAIRBANKS MEN’S HOCKEY ASSOCIATION firstname.lastname@example.org
FAIRBANKS WOMEN'S HOCKEY email@example.com
OLDTIMERS HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
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ALASKA STATE QUARTER HORSE ASSOC. firstname.lastname@example.org
ALASKA DOG MUSHERS ASSOCIATION email@example.com
JUNIOR DOG MUSHERS OF INTERIOR AK firstname.lastname@example.org
FAIRBANKS PADDLERS email@example.com
FARTHEST NORTH PICKLEBALL CLUB firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook- Farthest North Pickleball Club
Fairbanks Roller Derby Recruitment@fairbanksrollerderby.org faribanksrollerderby.org
RUNNING CLUB NORTH email@example.com
ALASKA INTERNATIONAL SENIOR GAMES firstname.lastname@example.org
FAIRBANKS SKATEPARK COALITION email@example.com
FAR NORTH BMX firstname.lastname@example.org
ALASKA SKIJORING ASSOCIATION email@example.com
FAIRBANKS ALPINE SKI CLUB firstname.lastname@example.org
NORDIC SKI CLUB OF FAIRBANKS email@example.com
SALCHA SKI CLUB
FAIRBANKS OFFROAD LIONS firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook - Fairbanks Offroad Lions
Facebook- Fairbanks Snowtravelers
FAIRBANKS YOUTH SOCCER email@example.com
FAIRBANKS ULTIMATE ASSOCIATION
Facebook Group -Fairbanks Ultimate
GOLDEN HEART SOFTBALL firstname.lastname@example.org
INTERIOR GIRLS SOFTBALL & T-BALL email@example.com
MIDNIGHT SUN SWIM TEAM firstname.lastname@example.org
NORTHERN AREA AQUATICS
NORTH POLE AQUATIC CLUB email@example.com
STINGRAY SWIM TEAM firstname.lastname@example.org
FAIRBANKS TENNIS ASSOCIATION
FAIRBANKS INTERIOR TABLE TENNIS email@example.com
ARCTIC VOLLEYBALL CLUB
FAIRBANKS VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION firstname.lastname@example.org
INTERIOR YOUTH WRESTLING CLUB email@example.com
NORTH POLE WRESTLING CLUB firstname.lastname@example.org
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FAIRBANKSNORTHSTARBOROUGH PARKS & RECREATION
Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation
PO Box 71267
Fairbanks, Alaska 99707
Preserving and creating an inclusive community culture...
...by providing places and programs designed to enrich the quality of life!
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