Time Was 9/6/12
29 years ago this week
Commission OK’s Mile 19 park plan
The municipal planning and zoning commission approved a preliminary master plan for development of 110 acres of municipal land at Mile 19 of the Old Glenn Highway during a meeting at Eagle River Elementary School, according to a front-page story in the Sept. 8, 1983 edition of the Chugiak-Eagle River Star.
According to the plan, a large portion of the northern end of the park would be set aside for equestrian use. A southern portion of the park that was being used as a landfill would be used for sports fields.
One of the big questions still to be decided would be the park’s name. Commissioners wondered if something other than “Mile 19 Park” would be appropriate.
The park was later named after longtime community leader Loretta French.
People mover to make trial loop
Early October was set for the target date for People Mover buses to make trial runs around Eagle River Loop. Ridership was to be tested to determine if expanded services was warranted.
Hiland route gains support
A proposal to extend Eagle River Loop across the Eagle River and connect with the Hiland Road overpass gained support from the municipal planning zoning commission. In response to please by residents who supported a need for immediate relief to traffic problems, commissioners also added remarks that stressed priority status for several plans for improved highway access into the Eagle River area.
Eagle River Valley community council president Dave Wachsmuth said the new route to Hiland Road “has our wholehearted approval.”