Winter 2017 Grants Awarded

Purinton Creek TrailTwice a year, the Mat Su Trails and Parks Foundation Board of Directors reviews grant applications for trail and park projects throughout the Mat-Su Borough. To date, we have funded over $300K in trail and park projects. For the 2017 Winter Grant Cycle the board reviewed and approved five new grants.

We are very pleased to have awarded the following grants:

Alaksa Trails ~ Training Grant
Alaska Trails will be coordinating and hosting a Conditions Assessment Class that will help land managers, trail groups and other entities take stock of the current conditions and develop plans for maintenance.

Chickaloon Native Village ~ Snowgrooming Equipment
The Chickaloon Native Village will purchase new snowgrooming equipment for the development of a network of groomed ski trails. The groomed trails would link into the Moose Range Trail System on the East Side of Moose Creek. One of the major objectives of this project is to provide the opportunity for the children of the local Tribal School to get out and ski as well.

Glacier View Community Council ~ Purinton Creek Trail Improvement
The Glacier View Community Council will be focusing their work on Purinton Creek Trail at Milepost 91 along the Glenn Highway. The project includes trail brushing, directional signage, signage to alert trail users to avoid private property, and trail remediation and drainage protection.

Mat-Su Ski Club ~ GPRA Phase II Ski Trails
The Mat-Su Ski Club will construct 6.5km of additional ski trails over varied terrain. The additional trails would incorporate ski trails designed by Olympian and noted ski trail designer Bill Spencer in 2006 and 2012. The trails would be located North and North-East of the existing trails.

Willow Trails Committee ~ Recreational Trail Easements
The goal is to acquire recreational trail easements on Mat-Su Borough land. This project will survey approximately 2 miles of existing trails and one mile of a new trail using the Borough’s public easement acceptance procedure.

Our work has been made possible by the generous support of the Mat-Su Health Foundation, and our donors that help make this program possible. Their support enables us to continue our mission to help create an integrated network of trails and parks througout the Borough. Our trails and parks enrich our lives, quality of life, and the diversity of recreational opportunities available to us throughout the Borough. You can learn more about our grants and lend your support along side others who care about our trails and parks at

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