Chief Alex Park work ongoing

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 11:30

The clock is ticking.

That’s good news in Eagle River’s Chief Alex Park, where the town clock tower has been running smooth since repairs over the summer.

“It’s been functioning correctly now and we’re happy for that,” Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce executive director Dana Thorp-Patterson wrote in a Nov. 6 email.

The chamber maintains the park, which is one of the first things visitors see when visiting downtown Eagle River. The clock tower repairs were part of ongoing work at the park, including the removal on Nov. 7 of some of the bushy Mugo pine trees — a move Thorp-Patterson will allow other vegetation to thrive.

“The remaining trees and other plant items that have been entangled in the pines should be able to grow more fully and visibly,” she said.

Eklutna, Inc. and the Eagle River Area Rotary Club are helping finance ongoing work at the park, which Thorp-Patterson said could include planting of some additional trees in the spring. A committee that includes the organizations and the Greater Eagle River Garden Club has been formed to oversee beautification work at the park, she said.

Munch upcoming

Eagle River’s annual holiday season kick-off is set to kick off December in downtown Eagle River.

The annual Merry Merchant Munch — in which businesses decorate in holiday themes, hand out treats and hold special events — will be held Friday, Dec. 1 from 2-6 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Local high-school choirs will be caroling, there will be a communitywide ginger bread contest and more than 50 local businesses will compete to top each other by providing music, treats and more. Shoppers can participate by visiting participating businesses to win prizes.

The big event of the weekend is the Tree Lighting Ceremony, which will be held in Town Square Park from 5:30-8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1. The event will include choirs from local elementary schools, more than 20 local vendors, and hot cocoa, cookies and treats. And of course, Santa Claus and his reindeer are scheduled to arrive at 7 p.m.

Thorp-Patterson said anyone wanting to volunteer to help out can email More information about the Merry Merchant Munch and Winter Wonderland celebrations can be found on the chamber’s website at

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