A major planning proposal for 830 acres of city property on the north end of town received a cool reception from the Sitka Assembly and the Sitka Planning Commission. The high costs of development, combined with uses that favored tourism and high-end homeowners, left city officials feeling a little underwhelmed.
Landscape architect Monique Anderson stands by as excavators prep the site of Sitka's new community playground. One of the three tennis courts is coming out in order to make room for the fully-accessible design, which will come to over $800,000 when it's completed in mid-June. The project is 90-percent funded by grants from the Rasmuson Foundation, the US Land & Water Conservation Fund, and private donations. Sitka's cash outlay will only be around $50,000.