Point Woronzof Park
Point Woronzof Park (also known as The Neverlands, or Seven Hills Ski Park) is a municipal park in
Anchorage, Alaska. The park is excellent for backcountry skiing or snowshoeing in the winter, and biking or running in the summer.
The park is almost wholly undeveloped and has no current plans for any development. (In 2008, the airport introduced plans which would have obliterated the park, but these plans were publicly derided and the airport director retired shortly thereafter.) A Phillips gasline right-of-way crosses the park near its southern end.
The park is home to flora and fauna similar to its larger neighbor,
Kincaid Park(accessible several kilometers down the Coastal Trail.) Fox, lynx, and many mooseare known to inhabit the park. Trees are mostly birch (especially on the hills), spruce, cottonwood, and alder. Devil's club and elderberry are endemic.
This 191.7 acre park is located next to the Knik Arm of
Cook Inlet, between Pt. Woronzof and Pt. Campbell (Kincaid Park). The park is bounded on the West by the ocean (which the Anchorage Coastal Trailruns along), the North by municipal lands associated with the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), the east by a still wild swath of airport property (a STP powerline easement marks the boundary), the south by Heritage Land Banklands and airport lands (an overhead powerline marks the boundary).
One should access the park from the Coastal Trail (perhaps just after mile 5.5), as the airport road past the STP is quasi-public only.
Although airport noise is intermittent, the park offers residents of West Anchorage semi-wilderness experiences equal or exceeding those of Kincaid. Although there are no specific plans for airport development to encrouch near the boundaries of the park, were it to do so the park's unique wilderness-feel would be significantly comprimised.
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