Eagle River Greenbelt Access and Pathway - Project Background
Access to the Eagle River Greenbelt is an important issue for Eagle River residents and government agencies. Alaskans, on the average, participate in outdoor recreation at a rate twice the national average. It is important to have access to these opportunities, while maintaining a healthy respect for the resources that are being utilized. A process is underway to improve access to the Eagle River Greenbelt, and construct a pathway along its length.
In 1995, a proposal to construct a shared use pathway connecting the Glenn Highway with the Eagle River Nature Center, was submitted by Alaska State Parks for funding under the Transportation Enhancements portion of the Federal Highways program. The proposal includes improvements at four existing trailheads, possible development of one or more additional access points, construction of bridges over Eagle River, scenic viewing areas adjacent to the pathway, and winter ski loop trails. The proposal was evaluated through the municipality's Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions (AMATS) process and rated against other projects of local interest. In 2001, the proposal was accepted and approved for funding.
A series of public and agency meetings were held to offer opportunities to comment on the project. This concluded in 2004 resulting in a Preferred Alternative for the pathway.