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Park, Eklutna top attractions
Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau director of marketing Keith Fernandez said studies tracking visitors found the Chugach State Park and Ekutna Historical Village to be two of the six most popular tourist attractions in Anchorage.
Fernandez said Eklutna’s historical significance and Athabascan Heritage Park were big draws.
“People have a great interest in Native culture,” he said.
The park, meanwhile, is a year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
“Slowly, people are beginning to realize there is something to Alaska besides summer months,” Fernandez said.
Area roads 38,780 pounds cleaner
Chugiak-Eagle River residents collected a total of 38,780 pounds of trash during the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s 23rd Annual Cleanup Day.
Area “Trash Trooper” Marcia Walker said she handed out nearly 350 clean-up t-shirts during the event.
“It’s always nice to give something to people and not have them expect it,” she said.
The event also encouraged local children to pick up trash by giving out one ticket for a bicycle drawing per bag of trash. One local winner, Ravenwood Elementary’s Jon Lisonbee didn’t learn he’d won a bike until showing up – late – at school the following Monday.
When he arrived at school, the first-grader was greeted with loud cheers of “surprise!” from his classmates, who surrounded the lucky winner and his new bike.