Rotary Clubs of Juneau Launch New Pavilion Project at Fish Creek Recreation Area

Juneau, Alaska – In an ongoing commitment to enhance community spaces, the Rotary Clubs of Juneau are undertaking a significant construction project at the Fish Creek Recreation Area in North Douglas. The project began on Friday, June 7 and will hopefully be completed this weekend. Volunteers will erect a covered pavilion on the raised meadow adjacent to the parking lot, overlooking the picturesque pond. This new shelter will provide visitors with a scenic and sheltered space to gather and enjoy the area’s natural beauty.

A Legacy of Community Service

The Rotary Clubs of Juneau have a storied history of contributing to the betterment of the community. Since their establishment, these clubs have been instrumental in initiating and completing numerous projects to enhance public spaces, support education, and foster a sense of community. The Rotary motto, “Service Above Self,” is deeply embedded in their efforts, and their projects reflect this dedication.

Past Projects and Community Impact

Over the years, the Rotary Clubs of Juneau have successfully executed various projects that have impacted the community. These include the construction of shelters, playgrounds, and other recreational facilities that provide safe and enjoyable spaces for residents and visitors alike. Their work also extends to educational initiatives, including scholarships and support for local schools, which have opened doors of opportunity for countless students.

One notable project is the development of Rotary Park, a beloved local landmark that offers a serene environment for relaxation and family activities. The park’s creation involved extensive landscaping, the installation of picnic areas, and the addition of playground equipment, all designed to enhance the quality of life in Juneau.

Current Project: Fish Creek Recreation Area Pavilion

The new pavilion at Fish Creek Recreation Area is a collaborative effort between the Rotary Clubs of Juneau and the City and Borough of Juneau (CBJ) Parks & Recreation Department. This project aims to provide a versatile outdoor space for picnics, gatherings, and educational events. The location, with its panoramic view of the pond, was chosen to maximize park visitors’ aesthetic and functional benefits.

Construction and Safety Measures

During construction, park users are asked to give work crews the space they need to safely construct the shelter and transport materials between the parking lot and the building site. The crews will also perform light brush removal and landscaping to prepare the area for the new pavilion. Visitors are advised to stay aware of their surroundings to ensure everyone’s safety while enjoying the recreation area.

Community Collaboration

This project exemplifies the spirit of cooperation between local organizations and municipal bodies. Jeffrey Thole, the CBJ Project Manager, has been instrumental in coordinating the efforts and ensuring the project runs smoothly. Community members can contact him directly at jeffrey.thole@juneau.gov with any inquiries regarding the project.

Looking Forward

As the Rotary Clubs of Juneau continue their tradition of community service, the new pavilion at Fish Creek Recreation Area stands as a testament to their enduring commitment to improving public spaces and fostering community well-being. The project not only enhances the recreation area but also strengthens the bonds of community by providing a new venue for gatherings and events.

The Rotary Clubs of Juneau remain dedicated to their mission of service, and their projects, past and present, are a testament to the positive impact that dedicated volunteers can have on their community. As the new pavilion rises, it will serve as a lasting symbol of Rotary’s commitment to making Juneau a better place for all.