When you think of Alaska, what comes to mind? Probably snow, and maybe igloos. But did you know that over 40% of Alaska's population lives in the city of Anchorage? Anchorage isn't a large city, but it has everything you'd expect in a metropolitan area. For instance, there's a symphony, an opera, two ballet companies, and a number of theatre groups. There's a lot going on in Anchorage.
Of course, Anchorage is still in Alaska, which is our 49th and largest state and our most rural. So there's all kinds of wildlife to see. In fact, the Parks and Recreation portion of the Anchorage city web page includes warnings about bear and moose. It also advises visitors and residents to stay clear of certain lakes and rivers during beaver season, as the animal can be quite vicious. In general, Alaskans and visitors to Alaska, are looking for outdoor adventure. And in a state as wild as Alaska, the safe bet is to remember that the animals were there first, and some of them may find you quite tasty.
When you live in Alaska, even in Anchorage, you don't have to go far to enjoy the great outdoors, and a good place to start is The South Anchorage Sports Park. It's a large park, nearly 65 acres, with a baseball field, two little league fields, a track for radio-controlled cars and a paintball field.
There is a large, off-leash area for dogs to play in. The off-leash area borders most of the park and does not have any lighting. The city does not provide any dog bags and the off-leash area isn't fenced separately. However, there is a fence bordering the entire park, which deters animals. The park is open from sunrise to sunset, however, remember that sunset in Alaska in January is different than the sunset in July. The park is open year-round.