Location: Anchorage, Alaska, population 298,695
The Problem: Although Anchorage is home to 224 parks and over 250 miles of trails, 66 percent of adult residents expressed their desire to use the vast trail system more.
Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Approach: Participants in a community survey identified poor signage and a lack of maps as barriers preventing them from hitting the trails more often. The program will improve the walkability of trails by more effectively connecting Anchorage’s parks and trails systems to its residents. The project anticipates increased exercise and commuting through the trail systems, allowing residents to experience the beauty of Anchorage while improving their health.