Potter Marsh announces new expansion during Discovery Days

Published: Jun. 2, 2019 at 9:51 AM AKDT
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Potter Marsh boardwalk and the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge was in the spotlight Saturday during their annual Discovery Days.

The wildlife area welcomed groups involved in wildlife, natural history and nature to set up a booth for the public. Organizers hoped to bring families to the area. They say over 2.5 million cars drive past each year with only a fraction stopping.

The recent discovery of the Asian Falcated duck in the marsh has prompted a large number of visitors near the south end of the boardwalk which is now getting a much-needed upgrade.

“It just so happens that we recently were approved for funding to upgrade some of the pullouts on the south end of the marsh particular the ones near the mailboxes. We are going to build some short boardwalks and viewing decks and ways to get folks off the pavement to give folks a convenient and easy spot to get out and enjoy the marsh and watch the wildlife and the scenery,” says Joe Meehan, refuge manager Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Meehan also says they're also planning to extend the old boardwalk. The plan is to add about 100 to 200 feet to the end of it, increase the elevation to a viewing deck to make it a destination.