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Protecting Your Rights: Serving Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain
September 15, 2017
In this issue:
• Spenard Road Reconstruction
• Public Art in Turnagain
• Community Events

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Happy Friday! As we head into fall, here’s an update on some recent news, as well as a few community events and opportunities to look forward to.

Spenard Road Reconstruction Update

Night work will begin between Northern Lights Boulevard and 25th Avenue on Monday, September 18 and continue through the night of Sunday, September 24. This work will include fire hydrant relocation and storm drain replacement.

The project office is located at the old SkiAK building, between Benson Boulevard and 30th Avenue. A Public Open House will be held biweekly at this location, with the next meeting held on Wednesday, September 27, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.

The typical construction schedule is as follows: 7 days a week, from 7:00am to 6:00pm. Hours may vary depending on weather and specific work taking place.

To find out more about the project and to sign up for alerts, visit their website:

Artist Installs Public Art in Turnagain Neighborhood

Friends and neighbors in Turnagain may have noticed a new public art display at the entrance of Lyn Ary Park. An anonymous traveling artist, who goes by the name of “Foodbabysoul,” recently visited Anchorage and was inspired to create art for the bollards along Turnagain Parkway and Illiamna Ave. Using recycled material given to her from other artists, the Foodbabysoul “dressed” the 31 bollards in colorful patchwork and appliqué pieces.

(Photo Credit: Foodbabysoul

(Photo Credit: Foodbabysoul

(Photo Credit: Foodbabysoul

The artist has previously worked on projects in the area. Last year, Foodbabysoul installed collage pieces on trees along Northern Lights Boulevard west of The Rustic Goat. The artist, who lived in Ketchikan and now lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, has since departed Anchorage and left behind buttons, needles, and thread in a jar by the park sign and encourages anyone who is interested to stop by and sew a button on to one of the patchwork pieces.

For more information about the artist and to follow her work, visit the Instagram account, @Foodbabysoul.

Community Events

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

2017 Anchorage Welcoming Week

In 2014, Anchorage joined the Welcoming Cities project, a collection of cities from across the United States that recognizes the economic, cultural and social contributions that immigrants and refugees make to our communities. Building on this network, Welcoming Anchorage is a collaboration between the Municipality of Anchorage, local businesses and organizations and the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation that strives to reinforce Anchorage as a place proud of our heritage and poised to position ourselves as a globally competitive, culturally vibrant 21st century community.

See below for a list of events and event pages and click here for more information.

Anchorage Heart Walk



Data Blitz Community Ride

As part of the upcoming Data Blitz Weekend, Bike Anchorage will be hosting a community ride! They will be joined by Fred Young, Principal Designer with Alta Planning + Design, who will explain how the data collection will inform future city planning. So come along if you're curious about Anchorage's non-motorized future!

When: Sunday, September 24th from 10:00am – 12:00pm 
Where: Bike Anchorage

Visit the Facebook event page for more information and to RSVP.

Data Blitz Community Ride

As always, please let us know if you have any question or concerns.


signed: Matt Claman

    Rep. Matt Claman

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Contact Information

(907) 465-4919

State Capitol Bldg. Rm 405
Juneau, Alaska 99801

Contact the Governor

550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1700
Anchorage, AK 99501
T (907) 269-7450 F (907) 269-7461
EMAIL: Governor Bill Walker


State Info (907) 269-5111

Serving the Anchorage Neighborhoods of
Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain

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