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Pioneer Park Master Plan | Public Workshop #1 - Shared screen with speaker view
Donnie Hayes
27:42
https://www.fnsb.gov/891/PROPOSED-New-Playground
Donnie Hayes
28:06
Here is the webpage for the Playground conceptual design.
Jewelz Barker
28:29
Example park: Mud Island @ Memphis TN great job at geography based
R&M Consultants, Inc. - Taryn
28:33
What parks outside of Fairbanks have you experienced that are memorable to you? What made that park special for you? - drop your answers here in the chat :)
Bob Henszey
29:06
Reno, NV, has a nice river park too.
Donnie Hayes
29:36
Columbia CA is a great Gold Rush Community with horse and buggy rides.
Tracy Vanairsdale
29:43
Boise has lovely front river front parks -
Brian Forrest
30:06
Boise ID has a city center green walk and riverside that has been developed well these past years
patricia schmidt
30:09
Where are new buildlings going to go? Is there any remaining land from the origanil 44 acres?
Angela Linn
30:19
https://reykjavikcitymuseum.is/arbaer-open-air-museum Arbaer Open Air Museum in Reykjavik, Iceland. Historic buildings moved there from all over the country. Live animals, living history, plus museums!
Jess Peña
30:23
sculpture walk from the park to 1st Ave that ties the park to downtown. Wenatchee, WA has a lovely one
Elizabeth Cook
30:25
How big are the parks in other places compared to Pioneer Park?
Wade Binkley
30:55
Whitehorse has done a wonderful job with restoration and upkeep of the SS Klondike.
Lindsay Saunders
31:07
I love the nostalgia with the carousel and I love when the community comes together for Halloweentown, etc.
Tracy Vanairsdale
31:12
McEuen Park - lots o
Kelly Doughty
31:16
outdoor nature scape that is more natural with areas for kids. Play doesn’t have to be a playground
Davin Rockstad
31:18
i love that there are so many things. i love the museums, the playground, the train, the salmon bake and other food vendors
Alyssa Quintyne (she/her)
31:45
I like how it is next to the river, I love the gallery space, I love the food vendors (not so much the contracts they are under, but c'est la vie)
Mark Kimerer
31:51
Spokane is 100 Acres. Pioneer Park is 44
Brian Forrest
31:54
The Train and museums, and the small business each season - the staff are also great! Each year the park puts on great events for summer holidays, and Halloween and Christmas.
Bob Henszey
31:55
I like passing between the park and Chena River on my bike commute to work. The train passing by is a special treat.
John Perreault
31:56
The wooded area in the northwest corner was nice before it was cleared out. Scouts had a camporee there
Lindsay Saunders
32:10
I love the use of it for the seasons- holiday train ride, the Halloweentown community event
Elizabeth Cook
32:14
That PP is a place for everyone in Fairbanks!
Josh Bennett (SRS)
32:16
Performance venues'
Kelly Doughty
32:23
Love the vendor shops
patricia schmidt
32:24
Good please for family
Coleen Turner
32:30
I love all the museums, Fairbanks Arts Association, the Folk School, the bocce court.
Angela Linn
32:32
So welcoming and inclusive for all!
Amanda Pruss
32:32
I loved all of the community events growing up, 4th of July, bluegrass concerts etc. Community picnics
Alyssa Quintyne (she/her)
32:37
Plus it's one of the few places we have in town that's public and you don't have to spend money if you don't have the means to
Tracy Vanairsdale
32:39
Train is very unique feature
Davin Rockstad
32:40
i love that its free and very accessible, easy to park, centrally located. there is somethings for everyone
JoAnne White
32:42
I love that the community and the tourist can enjoy the park for fun and some history of the area.
Ronald Inouye
32:43
Historic buildings
Bryce Ward
32:45
My kids call it the 'train park' we love the train!
Kelly Doughty
32:47
The River. The museums. Community events. Concerts.
Janet Matheson
32:47
Pioneer Park is rich with historical buildings, structures, mining equipment, complete with interpretations - 111 in all. Its nomination as a Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places is currently at the State Office of History & Archaeology for review, before forwarding to that office for review and approval.
patricia schmidt
32:56
The SS Nenana!!!
Josh Bennett (SRS)
33:16
Free and public
patricia schmidt
33:25
The SS Nenana is the last sternwheeler in Alaska!
Jeannie Creamer
33:26
the SS Nenana!!
Jess Peña
33:27
Free, public, centrally located
Kelly Doughty
33:31
Ability to take walks even in winter
John Perreault
33:37
Many types of art, music, theater, bear gallery
Janet Matheson
33:46
Gold Rush Town & the Museums, the Pioneer Air Museum, the RR Museum, Alaska Salmon Bake, & Palace Saloon....and on and on....
Bryce Ward
33:48
Ice Cream is a must during a hot summer day at the park
Brian Forrest
33:54
Home of Engine No. 1 - Alaska's oldest operating steam locomotive!
Davin Rockstad
33:54
events, like the midnight sunrun!
Beth Richards
33:55
Palace Theatre!
Coleen Turner
33:57
Great location on the river.
Angela Linn
33:58
Great safe place for kids of all ages
John Perreault
34:14
Second the Palace!
Jess Peña
34:16
My 12 year old son says that he loves the old buildings, history, and learning the history while in the park
Jewelz Barker
34:17
The hand raise doesn't seem enabled... so don't take our lack of volunteering to speak personal :-)
Josh Bennett (SRS)
34:20
The model train diorama in the SS Nenana and the walk thru the mechanical room
Alyssa Quintyne (she/her)
34:43
it's in your reactions
Bob Henszey
34:49
Great "free" place to take friends from Outside to see historic AK.
Linda Green
35:04
A place where family, local and traveling, can meet. There is something for everyone, all ages.
Cheryl Yatsyla
35:15
The museum has great potential and the houses you could tour that were set up like the period were fun
Bryce Ward
35:19
I remember spending hours looking at the Diorama in the SS Nenana when I was a kid
Chung
35:27
I like the boat there, really cool!
Davin Rockstad
35:35
i love the old historic cabins, see what Fairbanks might have looked like 100 years ago! its a good blend of history, food and fun
Kandie
35:41
Important to keep our "green" space
Angela Linn
35:46
Picnic areas for events that are covered if it’s raining!
pstern
35:46
pickle barrel theater is sorely missed. It is a good small venue for concerts. Folkfest in the winter has been sorely missed. It has excellent acoustics for concerts and theater productions. The other open area has been used fore graduation parties for many years.
Ronald Inouye
35:53
Lots weddings in the Church
Tracy Vanairsdale
36:06
the events like folk fest and holiday celebrations are great community gatherings hosted at the park
JoAnne White
36:22
The SS Nenana is the main attraction to the park and people want to go on the boat.
Angela Linn
36:33
Centrally located
Ronald Inouye
36:36
Conference location
Jewelz Barker
36:41
Super affordable for groups to rent for birthday parties and events venue
Bob Henszey
36:50
Like Paddler's Cover as a take-in and take-out canoe location
John Perreault
36:51
Centennial theater for plays and music
Alyssa Quintyne (she/her)
36:55
OH we also had our huge legislative budget meeting here!
Bryce Ward
37:20
The duck pond is another favorite for the kids
Kerri Hamos
37:20
Free music in the summer.
Ronald Inouye
37:23
Changing art exhibits
Elizabeth Cook
38:19
Veterans’ Stand Down
Ronald Inouye
38:26
Public meetings/hearings
Jewelz Barker
38:52
End of year school destination "field trips" pre-COVID
John Perreault
38:53
Science Fair at Centennial Center
pstern
38:59
pavilions used for picnics and parties.
Bryce Ward
39:01
High school grad parties
Ronald Inouye
39:09
History Day venue
Elizabeth Cook
39:11
Flower Show!
Jewelz Barker
39:22
HALLOWEEN!!
Bryce Ward
39:33
4th of July!
MELISSA KELLNER
39:34
Connection to the Chena greenbelt, pedestrian path for many 5Ks
JoAnne White
39:41
Was married on the SS Nenana
Jeannie Creamer
39:54
antique car clubs to drive antique cars through Gold Rush Town
Elizabeth Cook
40:50
Lectures on history (Tanana Yukon HS)
Jeannie Creamer
40:58
bring back the Alaska Native exhibits presentations
Cheryl Yatsyla
41:18
There used to be a restaurant on the SS Nenana
Visitor
41:52
I miss the 4th of July concert of the 1812 overture with the cannons from FWW.
Elizabeth Cook
41:52
Airplanes airplanes!!
JoAnne White
42:08
I used the SS Nenana to teach about Fairbanks and Alaska history in elementary school studies.
Ronald Inouye
42:37
Mining history
Elizabeth Cook
42:48
Wickersham House used to teach “real” history
Linda Green
43:21
frisbee golf
Ronald Inouye
43:22
Longest board walk in Alaska?
JT
43:29
Change the name back to Alaska Land!
patricia schmidt
43:31
I would like to see more public forums like this. This is a wonder way to hear from the public
pstern
43:50
drive through rabies vaccinations. mush for kids
patricia schmidt
44:13
I don't think so, what about Skagway for boardwalks?
Jeannie Creamer
44:40
roller skating in summer where ice skating in the winter
Bob Henszey
44:47
Footbridge over the Chena River
Alyssa Quintyne (she/her)
44:53
Omg, it's also one of our voting polls here
Alyssa Quintyne (she/her)
44:58
Totally forgot
Travis Cole
44:58
It would be nice to have land acknowledgment on the native people in the Fairbanks area, have more on native history
Alyssa Quintyne (she/her)
45:07
^^
patricia schmidt
45:14
Where would ice skating and roller skating take place?
John Perreault
45:15
Agreed
Jeannie Creamer
45:29
First Pioneers - Alaska Natives!
Bob Henszey
45:37
Forest on the opposite side of the River - small example of what was.
Janet Matheson
46:01
The Pioneer Air Museum - a breathtaking collection of historic aircraft, artifacts, photographs, memorabilia, from Fairbanks earliest years....
patricia schmidt
46:15
Thank you so it is outside?
patricia schmidt
46:22
thank you
Ronald Inouye
47:07
Water taxi along river
Davin Rockstad
47:10
the merry go round. memories of that as a child
Lindsay Saunders (she/her)
47:35
the
Brian Forrest
47:35
Holiday Town & Santa Train
Angela Linn
47:36
My kid and I used to swing… but it’s tough when the snow is too deep!
patricia schmidt
47:36
I remember ice skating in the dome in the 70s
pstern
47:44
use the river walk during the winter
Kerri Hamos
47:46
Folk School classes are year-round!
Tracy Vanairsdale
47:48
it’s a great place to walk in the winter
JT
47:50
The zoo!
Alyssa Quintyne (she/her)
47:58
I don't think there's much besides the gallery, food and voting
Elizabeth Cook
48:01
Winter: holiday markets, lectures, plays, concerts
patricia schmidt
48:01
Yes holidays are wonderful at the park!!
Cheryl Yatsyla
48:03
2nd the holiday town and Santa train!
Beth Richards
48:08
The Folk School is an awesome addition!
Ronald Inouye
48:11
Holiday bazaars
Janet Matheson
48:16
Carol singing in Gold Rush Town
JoAnne White
48:24
Didn' t we have ice sculptures in the park years ago?
Lindsay Saunders (she/her)
48:30
Santa train. it would be super nice to see the space used throughout ALL the seasons. Maybe upkeep of playground areas and holiday bizarres could happen (outside even? carports? hot chocolate?)
Amanda Pruss
48:32
Ice sculptures
Lindsay Saunders (she/her)
48:36
carolers*^
Jess Peña
48:38
The Bear Gallery has been open year-round since the opening of the park - art all the time!
Visitor
48:46
The Halloween event has been fun
Travis Cole
49:07
Bring back the northern inua show, one hour show in the summer, on the native games
Angela Linn
49:21
Fatbike rentals were fun (not sure if they still do that?)
Travis Cole
49:23
Yep
Alyssa Quintyne (she/her)
49:29
Angela they do
Alyssa Quintyne (she/her)
49:38
with Fairbikes at least
Donnie Hayes
49:50
Also at Canoe Alaska
Cheryl Yatsyla
50:04
Keep it casual, public and unregulated
Davin Rockstad
50:11
Explore Fairbanks did a Scavenger hunt that made you explore all the museums and history and it was fascinating. learned so much. more scavenger hunts to explore the park,
Travis Cole
50:13
Open and expand the native museum
Beth Richards
50:38
Scavenger hunts are great
Cheryl Yatsyla
51:02
Expand the history museum
Elizabeth Cook
51:02
The annual Museum Day was run by the historical society for 20 years
Beth Richards
51:04
Whopp! Whoop!
Travis Cole
51:08
Weekly flea market
Jewelz Barker
51:12
comment** Can't figure out the raised hand
JoAnne White
52:57
Do you want ideas for what add to the park for the future now or later?
Corey DiRutigliano
53:22
@JoAnne - in just a moment :)
patricia schmidt
53:24
Wasn't there a local market once a week a couple of years ago before Covid?
JT
53:26
Donnie is awesome. Thank you!
Jess Peña
53:37
Teenagers definitely need to be worked into the considerations for plans and summertime activities.
pstern
53:38
raise hand is in the participant list window
Donnie Hayes
53:38
We will get to that in the next little bit Joanna.
Janet Matheson
53:59
Year round community events in the Civic Center -- local theater, meetings, exhibits, conferences ----
Lindsay Saunders (she/her)
53:59
As long as we can upkeep the skating rink and have an open mind, and if we can spark interest, we can make this happen
Jess Peña
54:01
Youth advisory committee
Bryce Ward
54:03
its a great place to play a board game!
Amanda Pruss
54:21
I completely agree!
Alyssa Quintyne (she/her)
54:58
Oh I was raising my habd for the next part sorry
Travis Cole
55:10
Mini kids parade inside the park. Kids and youth clubs, sport teams, design their own floats. To parade what goes on for kids and youth. Tables and vendors to sign up people for clubs etc...
Elizabeth Cook
55:19
There have always been “winter” events at PP; just not widely nor well advertised
Davin Rockstad
55:46
i loved Monday Markets! with the beer garden and food truck!
Visitor
55:51
agree that we need more for older youths, including some equipment
Jess Peña
55:53
My 12 year old won’t stop asking me to contribute the suggestion “Red Bull crash course” - I should be able to listen in more peace now
patricia schmidt
56:15
funny Jess
Jess Peña
56:31
Yes, big plans for 2022 Monday Markets, Fairbanks Arts is very excited!
patricia schmidt
56:55
Wonderful!
patricia schmidt
57:39
What other kinds of events could be done in the winter outdoors?
Travis Cole
58:24
Build a wood shop, to demonstrate snow shoe and dog sled making
Jewelz Barker
58:26
Golden days was always a great gateway to introduce new members of the public to the park
Donnie Hayes
58:59
Travis the Folk School has a great wood shop. They would love to teach those kinds of classes.
Davin Rockstad
58:59
easier access from Airport and Peger, pedestrian and car
Bryce Ward
59:03
It misses a huge amount of our history from the centennial till today
Lindsay Saunders (she/her)
59:10
I would love to see better advertising (maybe?). I'd love to see the park used for more community events in the fall/winter! :)
Travis Cole
59:22
Let the world Eskimo Indian Olympics build an office/gym there to year round
Jewelz Barker
59:22
Amen
Angela Linn
59:22
More living history demonstrations and including Indigenous histories
Josh Bennett (SRS)
59:50
Outdoor amphitheater/concert space that fits current production needs and larger audiences
Tracy Vanairsdale
59:54
stronger relationship with river
patricia schmidt
01:00:09
Then it should be Centenial Park!
Cheryl Yatsyla
01:00:22
I miss Alaskaland
Bob Henszey
01:00:22
Additional access to the Chena River, perhaps near the footbridge
Davin Rockstad
01:00:32
maintenance. it is a bit run down, and when you show visitors it looks past-its-prime
Patricia Peirsol
01:00:46
Remove the native dwellings because they have been unopened for over a decade. They can be leveled and used for some more useful purpose. They have been a hazard and were closed after a rape occurred.
Lindsay Saunders (she/her)
01:01:04
Yes. Making this an inclusive space! Maintenance is important to keep it accessible to all folks. I feel like maintenance is overlooked a lot.
Jewelz Barker
01:01:24
Investment! ROI within the business plan
Corey DiRutigliano
01:01:34
more info on the upcoming inclusive playground: https://www.pioneerpark.us/891/PROPOSED-New-Playground
Elizabeth Cook
01:01:46
The Native Village was partially trashed by the ’67 Flood, then overlooked for years. The mantle has been taken up very well by the Morris Thompson Center
John Perreault
01:01:57
Consider how there is Native representation and inclusion with in the park
Alyssa Quintyne (she/her)
01:02:18
Original interior place names: Tananan https://sites.google.com/a/alaska.edu/denemapped/lower-tanana-place-names?authuser=0
patricia schmidt
01:02:22
The name was centennial park alaska 67 to start with
Cheryl Yatsyla
01:02:27
Agreed with the need for better Maintenance, maybe do less in a more focused, better cared for way
Bob Henszey
01:02:35
Kelly says: "Fully accessible playground with all ages seated swings. Not just a few paved trails to the equipment but equipment for all developmental ages to enjoy. There are examples all around the country including here in Fairbanks."
patricia schmidt
01:02:44
It would built to celebrate the 100th year of the purchase of Alaska
Kelly Doughty
01:03:04
Shoot. I was sending messages to everybody but somehow only sent to one person. Need fully accessible playground for all developmental ages. There are examples all around the country and here in Fairbanks. No gravel toPlayground in order for better mobility
Josh Bennett (SRS)
01:03:13
Up to date indoor mingling space around theater to support winter food/drink vendor to encourage spending more time at the park before and after winter indoor performances .
Davin Rockstad
01:03:17
i would make a better map/billboard at the entrance that explains all that there is. there are a ton of museums and parts that most people aren't even aware of
patricia schmidt
01:03:21
It was built for the 100th anniversary purchase of Alaska
Beth Richards
01:03:37
Love the map idea Davin
Bob Henszey
01:03:52
Reopen the SS Nenana.
pstern
01:03:55
transportation planners are studying the idea of a sidewalk path on the east side of peger road which could provide better access.
Angela Linn
01:05:15
Promote Made in Alaska in all sales
patricia schmidt
01:05:19
Alaskaland was a problem because tourists were looking for something like Disneyland.
Kelly Doughty
01:05:25
Alaska Native Heritage center in Anch has very good examples of including Alaska Native culture, history. and artistry. Utqiagvik has a museum with demonstrations.
Josh Bennett (SRS)
01:05:29
Integration with Morris Thompson Center could facilitate educational aspect and use PP as more of a representation of current Fairbanks
Janet Matheson
01:05:46
Provide more outdoor events in the summer and indoor events in the winter - use & expand the Civic Center! Coordinate with other community events to use the park facilities....
Corey DiRutigliano
01:06:01
from: Alyssa: Yes, more public art spaces! and maybe the ice rink can be a skate park/rink in the summer? we have a lot of rollerskater and longboarders here XD
Alyssa Quintyne (she/her)
01:06:05
I think this park can definitely be revamped to support more artisans, musicians, and small businesses here in town. There should be more gallery space in the centennial center. Maybe the whole building can be more intentionally dedicated to the arts, like a theatre space in the downstairs, a community art space on the first floor, community making space on the second, and of course the gallery on the third.
Davin Rockstad
01:06:08
make it more apparent for first time visitors what the park is, what is available, what you can do. better and clearer signage, maybe a "circuit" that takes you through the park with the path marked out on the cement, so people are guided through the park
Cheryl Yatsyla
01:06:10
Open the boat for kids to play on
Donnie Hayes
01:06:26
Food trucks will be here on Mondays all Summer. Please come.
Angela Linn
01:06:34
@Josh Bennett - great idea to tie in with MTCVC - we shouldn’t compete with existing great organizations - need to find it’s own niche!
Elizabeth Cook
01:06:53
Has anyone visited the Morris Thompson Center?
patricia schmidt
01:07:04
They use to have native dancing on the SS Nenana. That could be brought back
Kelly Doughty
01:07:13
We love the free museum day and visit as many museums as we can.
Davin Rockstad
01:07:14
improve the boat launch area. maybe more of a "marina" feel where people could come by boat, a water taxi, park their boat or kayak to explore the park
Jewelz Barker
01:07:29
3rd grade standard = Alaska history
Josh Bennett (SRS)
01:07:36
Lighting of park in winter, I would like to walk old town and it feel old, architectural accent lighting would help it to feel like “a place to be”
Jess Peña
01:08:12
Park is heavily focused on colonial aspects - creating a space that acknowledges and honors Indigenous cultures is key for making it an accessible, inclusive community space. As a year-round tenant, I am aware of how much of a barrier it can be for interior Alaskan creatives to share their work in the park
patricia schmidt
01:08:13
The Christmas lights in old town are wonderful in winter!
Jewelz Barker
01:08:45
Travis = packages = truth!!!
patricia schmidt
01:09:08
Indigenous cultures use to be a big part of the park it needs to come back
Kelly Doughty
01:09:37
My son says to support the vendors as he notices they are often elderly and need support. Like bathroom breaks or someone to come by and check during the long hot summer days. He likes to help but does not have transportation. Perhaps also a concerted volunteer group to helpOut
Cheryl Yatsyla
01:09:44
Please don’t make it a place where things are locked down with guides
Jewelz Barker
01:10:08
**Pathetically raising hand in the chat box again**
patricia schmidt
01:10:13
Prince Tours takes them to the Salmon bake then the Palace the loads them back on the bus. That needs to change.
patricia schmidt
01:10:57
The tour companies don't allow time for tourists to walk through the park
Alyssa Quintyne (she/her)
01:11:43
I suppose a process question, how much influence does this team have over contracts and rent with vendors at the park? Or is that a management team question? That's huge when it comes to community investment
Donnie Hayes
01:13:19
Travis- There was a WEIO design put together for a facility. It was an awesome design, and could be a very cool addition.
Cheryl Yatsyla
01:13:26
Love the statues ideas - there used to be totem poles. Seward has this down by the ferry dock and it’s a great draw
patricia schmidt
01:13:35
I feel the rules that you have to comply to in order to rent a cabin need to be lightened up. They are to hard to conform to. Turned me away from rented a cabin.
Josh Bennett (SRS)
01:13:44
Turn the Harding car into a trendy rentable venue
Wade Binkley
01:14:36
Travis, great comments. Your welcome to reach out to me anytime if you want to chat more in depth about large tour companies and their itineraries and tours in fairbanks. wade@riverboatdiscovery.com
Donnie Hayes
01:15:02
Thank you Wade.
JoAnne White
01:15:13
Fountainhead Development hotels had supported Pioneer Park with a hotel bus stopping at our park daily and dropping off guests and pick up. Encourage other hotels to do the same.
patricia schmidt
01:15:32
It should be noted the SS Nenana is also listed as a museum.
Bryce Ward
01:15:36
improve spaces for rentals, its hard to operate some businesses out of our existing cabins
patricia schmidt
01:15:57
Isn't the Harden Car also listed as a museum?
Donnie Hayes
01:16:22
Yes Trish, it is.
patricia schmidt
01:16:32
thanks Donnie
Jeannie Creamer
01:16:50
upgrade the cabins in gold rush town, retaining the flavor, to last at least another 100 years if not forever.
Kerri Hamos
01:17:12
Ping pong tables!
Bob Henszey
01:17:16
Prevent the snow from sliding off one of the cabins on to the pathway along the Chena River at the end of breakup
Jeannie Creamer
01:18:40
The SS Nenana serviced 21 towns, villages, and ww2 military sites - a lot of history there
Patricia Peirsol
01:19:05
Bring back the mad rhesus monkey in the cabin by the railroad crossing off Peger gate to discourage children on bikes trying to race their bikes across the tracks!
Donnie Hayes
01:19:07
They still do. It is wonderful.
patricia schmidt
01:19:19
Will we get a follow up message on all of these ideas being shared after the forum?
Elizabeth Cook
01:19:41
Staffing museums year around would be difficult for non-profits who operate them; most staff are volunteers.
Donnie Hayes
01:20:05
Trish - we will be posting this recording and also a report from this meeting on the website.
patricia schmidt
01:20:18
Thank you
Corey DiRutigliano
01:20:43
connect the park in obvious ways to other points of interest in the Fairbanks downtown area (thinking like the red line walking tour in boston), could be downtown sites, the ball fields, Carlson center, the park, the path to the university, local businesses, etc
Jess Peña
01:21:24
Increase walkability/connection between park and downtown with an art walk (most likely sculpture) — can tie into education about the area
Tracy Vanairsdale
01:21:42
great idea Jess!
MCampos J&J
01:21:53
Could use a shuttle to stop by those places mentioned by Corey...
Davin Rockstad
01:22:13
i second corey's comment to connecting to the rest of the city. the fish hatchery is right next door, the baseball fields. making it the "hub" for connecting to the rest of Fairbanks would be great from a visitor standpoint
Angela Linn
01:22:22
Agree - reconnect with the river - they are key to Interior Alaska!
MCampos J&J
01:22:41
Also a shuttle to on a loop to serve several hotels and the park/downtown...
Davin Rockstad
01:22:51
connecting with river! that is a key part of the location
Corey DiRutigliano
01:23:07
the park has one of the largest, and easiest, parking areas in the town, its a great starting point for any venture on foot
patricia schmidt
01:23:11
Pioneer Park land was donated by the Pioneers of Alaska which has a lot to do with the renaming
JoAnne White
01:23:13
New name maybe a good idea.
Bryce Ward
01:24:09
I think Pioneer Park- Alaska Land really speaks to me more as a heritage park, maybe that could incorporate both?
Chung
01:24:54
It’s a good place after or before kayaking, so connect to the river is an absolutely great idea!
Tracy Vanairsdale
01:24:54
a larger outdoor ice rink beyond playground could bring more people their in winter along with food trucks for healthy outdoor options
JoAnne White
01:25:54
Maintenace of the park is a regular job not just when it HAS to be addressed.
patricia schmidt
01:26:10
or bring back the attention as to why the park was built by using centennial in the renaming.
Wade Binkley
01:26:33
I agree with Jewelz on improving the connection with the to the river. Encouraging and creating easier access into the park from river users would be great.
Bryce Ward
01:26:39
longer train ride!
Kelly Doughty
01:26:49
Update the restrioms
Kelly Doughty
01:26:55
Restrooms.
Jess Peña
01:27:01
My husband asked me to share that he thinks “Centennial Park” over Pioneer Park
patricia schmidt
01:27:13
I agree Jess Pena
Josh Bennett (SRS)
01:27:32
Train out to parking lot, flag stop train option to get on and get off at destinations around the park
patricia schmidt
01:27:39
It speaks to why the park was built
Jess Peña
01:27:53
Josh Bennett— totally
Jewelz Barker
01:28:24
yes! sourdough sam was Fairbanks' guru
JoAnne White
01:28:26
Does gold panning still go on at the park?
Alyssa Quintyne (she/her)
01:28:43
oh, we should really think about the parks waste in terms of relationship to the chena and our air quality, as just something to put on our radars. salmon use to flow into town before I was born, and how lovely would that be to see that happen again, and maybe fish at the park
John Perreault
01:29:03
Speaking of which, I love Steve Mitchell as Wickersham in the summer
Jess Peña
01:29:04
^^^ definitely
patricia schmidt
01:29:22
"BIG STAMPEDE" needs to be better advertised
Jewelz Barker
01:29:38
pathetic hand up***
Beth Richards
01:29:38
Agreee about Steve Mitche;;
patricia schmidt
01:29:42
It is awesome!
Travis Cole
01:30:02
My phone is dying, take care.
JT
01:30:19
Steve Mitchell is a Pioneer Park treasure
JoAnne White
01:30:49
When is the follow up to this meeting?
patricia schmidt
01:31:01
Good question Joann!
Wade Binkley
01:31:05
On the tourism front, the more interesting/educational/exciting venues and activities that Fairbanks has, the better. It makes us a better destination and helps all of us in the community. A rising tide lifts all boats. Looking forward to seeing the updates to Pioneer Park.
Beth Richards
01:31:26
So true Wade!
JT
01:31:27
Thank you Donnie and Pioneer Park staff. You guys rock!
Corey DiRutigliano
01:31:31
Agreed Wade!
patricia schmidt
01:32:05
Good job everyone!!!
Jess Peña
01:32:29
Yes, big thanks to Donnie for making space for this conversation and to the team for facilitating!
Beth Richards
01:32:34
Thanks everyone!
Cheryl Yatsyla
01:32:43
Has a budget already been approved?
JT
01:33:27
Hey Wade, thank you for the feedback! Remember when you guys didn’t do lunch and a lot of people used to go downtown? Are you open to bringing your customers back to downtown?
Jewelz Barker
01:33:38
**hand up
Michelle Goodwin
01:34:33
incorporate parking lot designs into the overall theme and feel of the park. it's a natural extension of the park and serves to draw people in.
Davin Rockstad
01:34:35
link to the surrounding & new neighborhood(chena landing loop), make it place where locals will walk to for eating, shopping (markets), and play
Josh Bennett (SRS)
01:35:03
A living, active space where locals want to spend their time, integrated with other active spaces like downtown, the river, and parks along the way
Janet Matheson
01:35:23
Use the park's many attractions for K-12 education, as well as for visitors. Field trips, projects, learning experiences - eg the Nenana's diorama of river villages....consider housing it in a nearby structure, heated and visited year-round....
Donnie Hayes
01:35:42
Love that idea MIchelle Goodwin!!
Angela Linn
01:36:05
River shuttle that goes from Morris Thompson Center to Pioneer Park
patricia schmidt
01:36:10
I would like to say thank you to the whole community that stepped up to save the SS Nenana from being demolished. You made a difference. Lets do it again with the whole park!
patricia schmidt
01:36:16
Keep speaking up!
Bob Henszey
01:36:30
Yes, the Chena River has the second largest run of returning Chinook salmon to spawn in the entire Yukon River drainage for the size of the watershed. The Salcha is number 1. The Tanana River supports about 20% of the returning Chinook salmon.
Michelle Goodwin
01:36:40
yes, a water taxi for a golden few miles loop!
Beth Richards
01:36:56
Water taxi is a great idea
Jess Peña
01:37:12
Big dream is to see more holistic community development visions for less sprawl and to make it MUCH more friendly for pedestrians. 20 year hope is that the Pioneer Park master plan conversations & subsequent projects will have sparked more of that mindful planning.
Davin Rockstad
01:37:16
include art, sculptures (sculpture parks are a huge tourist draw), visiting interactive art exhibits (like teamlab Borderless in Tokyo)
Cheryl Yatsyla
01:37:39
Love all these great thoughts but as a property tax payer I would like to know that the planning is realistic for what is actually affordable. Heated bathrooms are a great idea as one example- how will it be paid for in the long term?
Davin Rockstad
01:37:42
make it instagramable, the "Love Alaska" sign across from Pikes is a good example of that.
Wade Binkley
01:38:34
JT, sending you a direct message.
Davin Rockstad
01:38:42
make a urban beach along the river, with sand
Jess Peña
01:38:46
youth advisory council!
Ronald Inouye
01:38:48
Partner with TCC, UAF, and other research groups on traditional, contemporary, and future uses of river and natural resources for public lectures, educational experiences, etc.
patricia schmidt
01:39:29
I totally agree JoAnn
Alyssa Quintyne (she/her)
01:40:08
Besides all the maintenance and accessibility upgrades XD,I imagine a true community invested and ran park. The folk school has indigenous elders as teachers, the bear gallery has waaaay more money and artists, and they take up the entire 3rd floor. The theatre is revamped and the thespians have their space back. the centennial space has a free community maker space that kid and teen friendly. there outdoor mural spaces where local artists are welcome to practice their painting and street art skills, and do demos and events without getting harassed. the ice rink is a skate park in the summer. the chena is clean enough for salmon to swim up thru the park. there's more public spaces and sitting for folks who live here to just chill and be and enjoy being here. There's a free food garden by the river where our local green thumbs can provide for our community, and young ones can learn how to grow food, companion planting, and indigenous plants and their uses.
Michelle Goodwin
01:40:21
while it's a separate project, some kind of coordination between Pioneer Park, Growden Park and Carlson Center for complementary resources for year-round activity.
Jewelz Barker
01:40:56
they don't know it is affordable place to visit
Elizabeth Cook
01:40:58
Pioneer Park will always require community support; but, my take is that it is a place that generates revenue for other businesses in our community!
Jess Peña
01:41:04
Yes Alyssa <3
Beth Richards
01:41:15
Michelle - yes!
Josh Bennett (SRS)
01:41:21
I still want to see the Palace theatre there in 20 years!
Beth Richards
01:41:33
Elizabeth - yes!
Jewelz Barker
01:41:48
Now I'm devastated... Alt Y didn't even work for me
patricia schmidt
01:41:49
Maybe serve beer again at least?
patricia schmidt
01:42:08
At the Palace
Davin Rockstad
01:42:28
would love to see more events, give us a reason to go every day of the week. make it a place where tourists can interact and mingle with locals
Bob Henszey
01:43:36
I said "free" to bring Outside visitors earlier, but it's also a great "casual" place to bring visitors. You can spend time at a variety of places that interest your friends.
Angela Linn
01:43:54
These are also part of our modern lives though so while it’s great to look at our history, this park needs to celebrate modern Alaskans and the diversity of our community.
Beth Richards
01:44:05
This will be Alaska Salmon Bake’s 42nd year in Pioneer Park. We are proud to be a part of the park community. Thank you Mayor Ward, Donnie and all of the administration for supporting all of the vendors in the park
Davin Rockstad
01:44:17
Expand it across the river, to the Chena Landing Neighborhood. having it on both sides of the river would be amazing
Ronald Inouye
01:44:20
A demonstration project which would utilize and analyze the waste heat currently placed into the Chena—heat pumps, greenhouse, effects on the fish and wildlife (permanent ducks here), etc.
Jewelz Barker
01:44:24
I have no comments... just super sad my surface pro hates Zoom
Beth Richards
01:44:30
Davin - yes!
Beth Richards
01:45:00
Ronald - that would be a great community project
John Perreault
01:45:13
Keep in mind different purposes for the park:Educational - locals and vistorsDestination - Art, performance, weddingsCasual - Sunny days with kids and relaxingEvents - 4th of July, Halloween, etc.
Nickolas Nugent
01:45:20
For history have people in person dress who could talk about Fairbanks history. A very small Williamsburg
patricia schmidt
01:45:39
It was built to for the 100th of the purchase of Alasja
Jess Peña
01:45:50
Angela - totally agree. The presence of the Bear Gallery and showing contemporary Alaskan artists is a key presence in the park for sharing out modern Alaskan perspectives
patricia schmidt
01:45:52
100th year of pruchase
Alyssa Quintyne (she/her)
01:46:01
OOO what are those like....paddle boat things called??
Alyssa Quintyne (she/her)
01:46:26
could we have those?
Corey DiRutigliano
01:46:50
Davin: "would love to see more events, give us a reason to go every day of the week. make it a place where tourists can interact and mingle with locals" agreed! Fairbanks best asset is it's people ;)
Elizabeth Cook
01:46:54
The museums docents are in costume!
Angela Linn
01:47:18
Integration of renewable energy options
John Perreault
01:47:27
Paddle boats better suited for bodies of water with out a current. Unless we want to partner with Pike's
Alyssa Quintyne (she/her)
01:47:51
mmmmm, makes sense. is that what their called?
Jess Peña
01:48:18
As part of the community buy-in process and to support this endeavor, it would be good for folks to know what the moving parts of this are and how the community can advocate in support of a shared vision (CIP, borough assembly, anything else that would factor into the process possibly moving forward or falling apart)
pstern
01:48:52
develop relationship and directional signage to the hatchery.
Jess Peña
01:49:38
Goodness. My son says “tennis court, please”
Alyssa Quintyne (she/her)
01:50:10
XD
patricia schmidt
01:50:45
Making the park more self supportive, which you are working towards is needed. So it is not all tax money to repair and built
Michelle Goodwin
01:50:47
real wifi!!!!
Alyssa Quintyne (she/her)
01:51:25
^^^
Jess Peña
01:51:29
Nobody wants to give us real wi-fi at the Centennial Center :(
Donnie Hayes
01:53:02
Wi-Fi in the Park would be wonderful!!
Alyssa Quintyne (she/her)
01:53:19
ditto on the clean energy options! we should revamp without implementing climate action
Alyssa Quintyne (she/her)
01:53:30
*shouldn't
JoAnne White
01:53:34
Are we able to get grants to use in the park?
patricia schmidt
01:54:20
So there is still land to work with?
Cheryl Yatsyla
01:54:36
Focus on maintenance and don’t over build something we can’t maintain
patricia schmidt
01:55:15
Thank you good to know!
patricia schmidt
01:55:41
ARR should be more apart of the SS Nenana as they use to own her.
patricia schmidt
01:55:53
Meaning opening up that land
patricia schmidt
01:57:10
The Alaska Railroad use to own the SS Nenana they had her built
Bob Henszey
01:57:34
How about a tower or something similar for folks to get an elevated view of the area and nearby features?
Corey DiRutigliano
01:57:57
Additional comments can be sent here: https://www.fairbankspioneerparkplan.com/participate
Davin Rockstad
01:58:23
yes to viewing platform. something that can be the symbol of Fairbanks. like the St Louis Arch or Eiffel Tower
JoAnne White
01:58:40
Good idea. for elevated views of the are.
Jeannie Creamer
01:58:44
when will this public forum be available? - my internet kept going down so I've missed some of this forum. Love everybody's comments and ideas!!
patricia schmidt
01:59:31
I am loving this!
Jess Peña
02:00:17
Parks & Rec staff is great- building their staff capacity needs into the equation for grand plans should be realistic and ongoing part of the conversation
Bob Henszey
02:00:23
Thanks! Actually, this meeting format worked well for me.
Angela Linn
02:00:34
Thank you for hearing our ideas! It’s really encouraging to know our opinions matter.
Alyssa Quintyne (she/her)
02:00:57
Thank y'all so much for putting some much effort and love into this!
Corey DiRutigliano
02:00:58
@ Jeannie, check back at the project website later this week and we'll provide a copy this interactive Miro Board for the public to see
patricia schmidt
02:01:21
I am saving some of these links to share Jeannie
Jess Peña
02:01:40
Thanks so much for putting this together!
Wade Binkley
02:01:52
Thanks Everyone, great info tonight!
patricia schmidt
02:02:01
Keep speaking up people you can make a difference!
JoAnne White
02:02:17
Can we get grants to help with our goals for the park?
Elizabeth Cook
02:02:19
Great forum! Not one that could have been held in the real (not virtual) world!
Cheryl Yatsyla
02:02:37
Thanks for making it easy to participate!
Corey DiRutigliano
02:02:42
+1 Patricia
Corey DiRutigliano
02:03:01
these comments are invaluable
JoAnne White
02:03:39
Thank you looking forward to the future of the park.
Corey DiRutigliano
02:04:48
Thanks for attending and providing great ideas JoAnne!
Kerri Hamos
02:06:09
Big Idea- a new/expanded building for The Folk School.
patricia schmidt
02:06:22
Yes Van Le
Angela Linn
02:06:39
@Kerri I second that!
patricia schmidt
02:06:59
AGREE!
Angela Linn
02:08:40
Love the Miro board! Need to learn this for my own projects at the UA Museum!!!
MCampos J&J
02:09:00
Thank you all! Great meeting!
Angela Linn
02:09:09
THANKS ALL!
Jess Peña
02:09:13
Thanks everyone
patricia schmidt
02:09:57
I will try to do better next time on all my typos! lol
Donnie Hayes
02:10:14
LOl a few typos make us human Trish!
patricia schmidt
02:10:34
I agree Corey
Kerri Hamos
02:10:47
Thanks- The Folk School is glad to be part of this process.
Jess Peña
02:10:51
Also, built in documentation, wooooot
patricia schmidt
02:10:51
and I am human for sure lol
Melisa Babb
02:11:15
Thank you, Kerri! Glad you could make it!