City & Borough of Juneau Department of Parks & Recreation The Department of Parks & Recreation manages over 50 parks, playgrounds and other recreational facilities, maintains most City facilities, and manages downtown parking.
More than 300 people work for Parks & Recreation throughout Juneau.
Mission: To enhance the quality of life in Juneau, the Parks and Recreation Department will deliver a high level of guest service with cost effective operations provided by highly engaged employees.
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Who doesn't love getting mail?! 📬 Our neighbors at Kindred Post donated a Pen Pal Kit filled with Alaskan artists postcards to the P&R Candy Cane Hunt! Staying connected with loved one, especially during a year like we've had, is more important than ever this holiday season.
We love the ornaments that Annie Kaills Gallery donated to the P&R Candy Cane Hunt! Some lucky winners will get to hang them on their tree this holiday season 🎄
This past fall, Zach staff partnered with UAF Cooperative Extension Juneau District and local Master Gardener volunteers to grow, harvest and donate produce to Juneauites. Between mid-August and mid-October, they grew about 150 kale plants; all of which are still growing and producing fresh food for kids in Juneau. They also grew an assortment of lettuce and harvested around ten pounds for the Glory Hall in September. Lastly, 75 green bean plants of different varieties flowered and yielded green beans before the last day in the greenhouse.
Huge thanks to Ben Patterson with Landscape Maintenance, Darren Snyder with UAF Cooperative Extension Service and the Master Gardeners, including our own Theresa Spina with Zach Gordon Youth Center, who did the day-to-day of planting, transplanting, watering, harvesting, and transporting the plants to their current homes.
One lucky candy cane hunter will take home a gift card to Devil's Club Brewing Company! Thank you Devils Club for the donation to the P&R Candy Cane Hunt!
Who doesn't love a game of Trouble?! Thanks to Juneau's Imagination Station for donating this fun, classic game to the P&R Candy Cane Hunt!
After multiple days of clean up, Twin Lakes Park has reopened to the public. We urge the public to still exercise caution and stay on the paved path to avoid deep mud and water.
Here's to retirement Merrill! Thank you for the last 13 beautiful years 🌷
Yesterday, my retirement countdown calendar told me I had 1 day left...
After 35 years as a professional horticulturist, and a very satisfying 13.5 years at the helm of the Jensen-Olson Arboretum, I am retiring and on to the next big adventure. I’m ready to ride my bike a lot more often, volunteer for a couple of horticultural institutions, and have my “own” garden in which to keep my fingers in the dirt.
It has been an honor and pleasure to bring Caroline Jensen’s vision for a public garden to life. She left us an amazing gift and I could not have dreamed a better way to wrap up my career than by transforming her amazing garden and property into the Arboretum. Two of the highlights during my time here were achieving Nationally Accredited Plant CollectionTM status for the genus Primula, and reaching Level II Accreditation of ArbNet; both programs recognize our efforts for achieving professional standards for our young institution.
I am humbled by the response from the community for the work over the years to make this all possible. I could not have done it without the support of the very fine people at City and Borough of Juneau Parks & Recreation, my amazing seasonal gardeners who have done all the heavy lifting, and most of all, my best friend and partner who stood next to me during the adventure of a lifetime. Thank you all…
Our friends at Treetop Tees donated a hat to the P&R Candy Cane Hunt! Also, when you shop at Treetop Tees, don't forget to show them your Candy Cane Tracker (bit.ly/CandyCaneTracker), you'll get a free sticker with your purchase!
Shout out to Wolfsong Wellness Boutique for donating a gift card to the P&R Candy Cane Hunt! Wolfsong Wellness Boutique is filled with amazing botanical remedies, yoga supplies, crystals, books and so much more! You can find them on the second floor of the Senate Mall, Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30am-5:30pm.
Thank you Ben Franklin Store - Juneau, Ak for donating a Westminster Worlds Smallest R/C Car for the P&R Candy Cane Hunt! Who is going to be the lucky winner to race it around their home?! 🏎🏎🏎
Reminder, the Twin Lakes Park closure has been extended through the weekend. Clean up is now focused in the plaza around the playground. Please stay out of the area as heavy equipment will be in use. Thank you!
We have multiple amazing businesses participating in the P&R Candy Cane Hunt that are located in the Senate Mall at 175 South Franklin Street. The Senate Mall is open Monday through Saturday from 11am-5:30pm and Sunday from noon-4pm. Plan your hunt accordingly so you don't miss those candy canes and be sure not to forget your mask! 😉
We have been blown away with donations from the downtown businesses for the P&R Candy Cane Hunt! With so many great prizes and gift certificates, this DIY activity is not just for the kids. Follow along as we announce all the prizes over the next few weeks. We think you will be amazed, too!
What is the P&R Candy Cane Hunt? Get in on the fun with a DIY activity searching for candy canes in store windows downtown. Find all the details at bit.ly/2020CandyCaneHunt and print out a Candy Cane Tracker to get started.
Five months, two facilities, all-you-can-swim: Juneau Pools Winter Pass allows an individual unlimited use of the Dimond Park Aquatic Center and Augustus Brown Pool for five months, December through April 30. The Winter Pass costs $99 and is on sale now at either pool until February 1.
Please note: Both Juneau pools are currently operating on a reservation system. Also, the winter pass is not eligible for extensions due to COVID-19 closures. For more info, contact Dimond Park Aquatic Center at 586-2782.
UPDATE 12/4/20 @ 3:25pm: The Twin Lakes Park closure has been extended through the weekend. Clean up is now focused in the plaza around the playground. Please stay out of the area as heavy equipment will be in use.
ATTENTION: Twin Lakes Park will remain closed through Friday, December 4 to allow staff to continue cleaning up debris that washed into the park. The closure includes the walking path where the majority of the clean up is focused and the playground. Heavy equipment will be used in the area.
Have you printed or requested your Candy Cane Tracker yet?! Get yours today (bit.ly/CandyCaneTracker) and then explore downtown this holiday season with the DIY P&R Candy Cane Hunt through December 20. Find candy cane numbers on the windows of participating stores to earn tickets for a drawing. The more you find, the more chances you have to win!
For more information, visit the website at bit.ly/2020CandyCaneHunt.
Due to the record amount of recent rainfall, mudslides and flooding have caused damage around town. CBJ encourages residents to stay away from steep hillsides and flooded areas, including:
• Twin Lakes Park – we have closed this area through Friday, including Project Playground and the walking path. Our staff continue work on cleaning up the debris and rerouting water flows. Heavy equipment will be in use tomorrow.
• Salmon Creek road/trail – Alaska Electric Light & Power (AEL&P) had closed access due to large landslides. See more information here: bit.ly/2JxBCXp.
Heavy rains over the last 24 hours have caused damage on a number of Juneau streets. CBJ Streets Maintenance Division is working around the clock to clear debris and repair damage. Thank you for your patience and caution as CBJ works to clear roadways and drainage systems.
Jensen-Olson Arboretum manager Merrill Jensen is retiring and heading on to drier and sunnier pastures. For 13 years, Merrill has been weeding, planting, snow blowing, building, scaring bears, educating, guiding, creating, growing, and nurturing at the arboretum. He arrived in 2007 to a property of “good bones” as he called it, with a satellite dish, an old boathouse and some garden beds with some unique heirloom plants. Now he leaves it with a National Accreditation for the Primrose Collection, a rare and prestigious certification for such a young garden. The vision that Caroline Jensen laid out has been realized by Merrill’s work.
Merrill’s second to last season, 2019, was sunny, hot, and dry. This was great for some flowers, but in our temperate rain forest the plants rely on lots of water. For weeks in the middle of the summer he would get up throughout the night, every night to move the sprinklers and keep the plants watered. This 2020 season was a little different, there was plenty of water, but also lots of new challenges. For many weeks this spring, the Arboretum was the only public CBJ facility that remained open and welcomed thousands of visitors, well over the average for that time of year! Thirteen years of work culminated in a summer at the Arboretum of color, peace, and calm in a world of uncertainty.
Congratulations Merrill! Thank you for your generous gift of beauty to Juneau. We wish you well on your next great adventure.
Rain, rain, go away and turn to snow before the holidays ❄️❄️❄️
The P&R Candy Cane Hunt begins today! Print out your Candy Cane Tracker and stroll through downtown to find a unique number on each of the participating businesses’ windows. There are 35 in all and the more you find the more chances you have to win great prizes.
We love to have bonus opportunities and this DIY activity is no exception. While on the hunt, keep your eyes out for the five extra-large candy canes on the windows of CBJ offices and facilities. Each one you find will earn you another ticket in the drawing!
Visit bit.ly/2020CandyCaneHunt. You can find all the details, download and print your tracker, and check out the participating businesses on the website.
Pool reservations for the weeks of December 7 and December 14 are now available! Reservations can be made online at https://etrak-sw1.com/etrak/cp?org=78
The P&R Winter Pass is a screaming deal! Get access to both Dimond Park Aquatics Center and Augustus Brown Pool for five months at just $99. The pass is now available for purchase at either facility. Make a reservation to swim (juneaupools.org), get your pass when you check in, and dive in the water!
Have a wonderful weekend!
We saw so many people out enjoying the fresh snowfall on Saturday. In just one recreation area alone, there were skiers, walkers, runners, and skaters! What was your outdoor recreation of choice this weekend?
Check out the new message and video from Play Every Day! "Alaska's gift is space to move."
We couldn't agree more! With all of Juneau's trails and parks, get out and enjoy some fresh air with your families this weekend.
Keep distance between you and others. That’s what we need to do — but no one said you had to stay inside.
Alaska’s gift is space to move. Give yourself a break every day to get out and play.
Share our new message about being active to feel better, body and mind.
Another great BAM Afterschool activity from Zach Gordon Youth Center! Free ice skating for 6th-8th grade students at Treadwell Arena. All experience levels are welcome. Space is limited and registration is required.
Teens from Zach Gordon Youth Center's YEP program were busy this week!
200 Thanksgiving boxes being prepared by St. Vincent de Paul Juneau, The Salvation Army Juneau Corps, and Zach Gordon Youth Center!
Have you noticed any of these cool, new trail markers out in the wild yet?
Shelter reservations are now available during the winter months. Instead of crossing your fingers that a shelter will be available when you need it, plan ahead and reserve it. Winter shelter reservations are available through March 31 and cost $20 per hour.
Similar to the summer months, if a shelter is not reserved, it is still available for public use on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note, park bathrooms are not available, but portable toilets are available at Savikko Park and Twin Lakes.
Visit bit.ly/2RdwMj4 for information on the shelters available and how to reserve them. To check on shelter availability before reserving, call our office at 586-5226.
Zach Gordon Youth Center's BAM Afterschool Program is offering a free Outdoor Cooking class next month.During this activity, 6-8th graders will learn a bit about nutrition and cook lunch together on individual cook stations outside. Any middle school student can participate, regardless of the school they attend, but the activity will be based at Dzantik'i Heeni. Space is limited to allow for safe social distancing. Register at juneau.org/parks-recreation/zach-gordon/bam.
Zach Gordon Youth Center has another FREE activity for 6th-8th grade students, regardless of what school they attend, through the BAM Afterschool Program! Register using the link below or give us a call at 796-5811 to reserve a spot.
Our friends at Alaska Electric Light & Power finished their work on the Gold Creek Flume Trail on Friday and it is now open to the public! Please keep an eye out for crews completing final clean-up tasks over the next couple weeks.
Saturday night turned out to be perfect for a movie in the park! 🎥 One last shout out to our partner The Gold Town Nickelodeon and to our two presenting sponsors Douglas Fourth of July Committee and AK Grizzly Bar for helping us bring Aladdin and Poltergeist to the Savikko Park drive-in!
Looking for an opportunity to serve? The Jensen-Olson Arboretum Advisory Board has an open seat.
JOAAB meets quarterly and advises and assists the Director of Parks and Recreation on issues including, but not limited to, capital campaigns and fund raising, and programmatic direction consistent with the guiding vision.
For more information and how to apply: bit.ly/2SrwntO
The Sandy Beach parking lot in Savikko Park on Douglas will be closed on Saturday, November 14, starting at 7 a.m. to allow us to set up for the Movie in the Park Drive-In. Parking will still be available along Savikko Road and at the end of St. Ann’s Avenue.
Savikko #2 shelter (log cabin) will also be closed to the public at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Both the shelter and the parking lot will be open to the public Sunday morning.
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