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Explore Juneau, support local businesses, and win prizes this holiday season in Parks & Recreation’s Candy Cane Hunt! Print or download a Candy Cane Tracker from the Parks & Rec website, then head out around town December 1 – 17 to find the printed candy cane numbers in the store windows. The more candy canes you find, the more chances you'll earn to win prizes. To enter the prize drawing, submit your Candy Cane Tracker by noon on December 18. The prize drawing will take place on Tuesday, December 19, and winners will be notified by phone/email and announced on Facebook.
Some businesses are offering specials for Candy Cane Hunt participants, like a free candy cane, a discount, or a free item with a purchase. Look for a list of specials on the back of the tracker and show your tracker at the business to get the incentive.
Free Parking During Gallery Walk 2023
In celebration of the holiday season, paid parking downtown will not be enforced during the 2023 Gallery Walk. Enforcement will end at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 1.
On-street parking will not be limited to two hours, and free parking will be offered at the Shopper’s Lot, the North Franklin Lot, the Downtown Transportation Center Garage, and the Marine Parking Garage. All other parking restrictions will still remain in force.
Dive-in to the season with a favorite holiday tale! The Santa Clause (PG) will be presented on the floating screen at the Dimond Park Aquatic Center on Friday, December 8. Two shows are available: 5 and 7:30 p.m. and the locker rooms open 15 minutes before each. Guests can queue up in the lobby and enjoy festive activities while they wait. We recommend arriving early! Maximum 100 guests per show, general pool admission required.
The public is invited to share input on the Bonnie Brae Access Trail to Treadwell Ditch planning study by completing a public survey and attending an online open house. The public survey is a follow-up based on information gathered in 2023; it is open until January 8, 2024. The open house is 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 7 via Microsoft Teams. There will be short presentations at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. and the rest of the time will be a chance to look at the site designs and chat with the Project Management Team. Click here to join the Microsoft Teams meeting (Meeting ID: 281 045 998 729; Passcode: Gccnjh)
The City and Borough of Juneau, the US Forest Service, and Federal Highway Administration - Western Federal Lands Highway Division, are working together with the public to assess trail options and improvements that would enhance access to the Treadwell Ditch Trail and make it safer, as well as more environmentally friendly. More information can be found on the project website.
AEYC-SEA and Parks & Recreation are bringing Family Fun Nights to the Dimond Park Field House this fall. Bring the young ones to run and play indoors as the daylight begins to shorten and the fall weather sets in. Family Fun Night will take place 5 – 6:30 p.m. and one Friday remains for this fall: December 8. Although this event is designed for families with young children ages 0-6, older siblings are also welcome. Toys will be set out for play and no registration is required—just show up full of energy, sign in at the door, and have some fun!
Beat the winter blues by staying active in the bright indoors with the Parks & Recreation Winter Pass! The all-ages pass costs $200 +tax and provides unlimited access to your favorite CBJ Parks & Recreation facilities for five months. The pass includes swimming, fitness classes, and workout equipment at Dimond Park Aquatic Center; Open Skate, Freestyle, Stick N’ Puck, and Pond Hockey at Treadwell Arena; and
Turf for Tots, Chair Yoga, and track access at Dimond Park Field House.
To get the most bang for your buck, purchase your Winter Pass early and use it often; it is available for purchase at any participating facility or online beginning October 30 and is valid November 1, 2023 through March 31, 2024. Please note: the Winter Pass is assigned to an individual and is nontransferable. For more information, please visit the registration page or the Facebook event.
Early bird registration for Peewee (age 5) and Youth Basketball (ages 6-14) is November 20 through December 3. All programs will begin in January. The Peewee division is six weeks long with one 1-hour practice per week. The Youth Basketball season will continue into March and includes one practice and one game each week. A $10 late fee will be added to Youth Basketball registration beginning December 4. More information can be found here.
The outside entry door (facing Marine Park and the Red Dog Saloon) to the Marine Parking Garage elevator lobby will be out of service from Thursday, October 26 through Monday, December 4 while construction is underway to replace the leaking original storefront and doors. During this time, parking garage and library patrons are asked to use the entry door located inside the garage's first level to access the elevator lobby. Both elevators will remain in operation during construction. Please follow posted pedestrian detour and safety signage.
For questions, please contact Steve Tada at [email protected] or (907) 586-0800 ext. 4185.
CBJ and Admiralty Construction will begin work on the Savikko Park Improvements Project on Wednesday, May 10. Work is expected to continue into fall. The project will include drainage improvements in and around the shelters, replacement of playground equipment and safety surfacing, installation of new street and area lighting, construction of accessible parking stalls, and other miscellaneous work.
Savikko Fields 3 & 4 will close this Friday, April 28 as Admiralty Construction prepares to plant grass turf on both fields. Due to work involving field preparation and grass seed planting, the fields will be closed until further notice. CBJ will provide a public update when the work is complete.
The Augustus G. Brown Swimming Pool closed for major renovations starting April 3, 2023 through early 2024. These important renovations will make AGB more accessible, energy-efficient, and user-friendly, combining deferred maintenance with functional improvements to prepare AGB for a new era of Juneau swimmers. Major steps include new efficient boiler heating plants, air handling units, and LED lighting. The main entry will be fully renovated with a new ADA ramp, entry sidewalk, entry stairs, and interior doors powered with ADA openers. Other improvements include a new public address (PA) system; new plaster, tiling, and fiberglass doors; and upgrades to locker rooms, family changing room, and sauna.
Kaxdigoowu Héen Dei (Brotherhood Bridge Trail) Montana Creek Pedestrian Bridge Closed
The pedestrian bridge over Montana Creek on the Kaxdigoowu Héen Dei (Brotherhood Bridge Trail) is being closed due to continued erosion of the banks supporting the bridge abutment. The bridge was previously closed in the fall of 2022 after a large storm scoured the bank of Montana Creek and undermined the bridge abutment. Emergency stabilization work was completed at that time and the bridge was reopened for pedestrian use. However, the bank erosion continued this winter and the bridge is being closed due to unsafe conditions.
A barrier is being installed to prohibit bridge access. Please observe the posted warning signs and do not attempt to access the bridge or climb down the river banks, as this will increase erosion. The streambanks and bridge abutment will be evaluated for stabilization and repair.