Renovations are underway at Hostetler Park

Published: May. 16, 2017 at 5:31 PM AKDT
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Big changes are underway in an effort to rejuvenate the historic Hostetler park located in downtown Anchorage near the corner of 3rd and L.

The Anchorage Rotary Club has partnered with Victims for Justice and other community groups to rejuvenate Hostetler park, clearing trees, paving new walkways and replacing the Victims for Justice memorial monument.

"The Victims for Justice memorial in general is an important piece to reconcile what's happened for victims and their families," said Paula Bradison, Anchorage Rotary Club. "It's a place where they can come that isn't necessarily a grave stone that is a place of remembrance and celebration and light and community."

Rotary officials say the trees are dying, the memorial is damaged and during the winter months, the memorial isn't accessible due to its location.

In order to fulfill the parks role as a quiet place for remembrance, reflection and respect, The Anchorage Rotary is spending about $200,000 to create a new Victims for Justice memorial that is accessible year round.

Hostetler Park was created in 1964 following the Good Friday earthquake. Thirty years later, in 1994, it became home to the monument honoring Anchorage victims of homicide and violent crime.

Today, there are more than 350 names of Alaskans engraved in the monument.

Construction is expected to begin immediately, rotary officials say they hope to have the project completed by mid-summer.