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Public spaces belong to the community. We help foster use of these spaces through creative programming, general maintenance and upkeep, and advocating for positive development to improve our community’s natural gathering spots. Some of the lesser known public spaces around downtown Anchorage include the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, 5th Ave Rooftop Park, Elderberry Park, Resolution Park, Bear Square, Ship Creek Park & Fishery, and Delaney Park Strip. We also promote space activation in untraditional public spaces, such as underused alleyways, parking lots or vacant storefronts. With positive programming and energy in our public spaces, we make downtown a cleaner, safer and more fun place to be!

We have various projects being implemented around downtown Anchorage. Click on the boxes below to learn more about each one!

Sponsor a Trash Can Downtown!

Help adorn our city by sponsoring a NEW Trash Can in downtown Anchorage! We are looking for sponsors to help pay for the decoration and upkeep of each container for a total of 2 years. We have the ability to take each artist’s work or photography and create a wrap that can be replaced if tarnished or destroyed. Each Trash Can will showcase your very own artwork or support the work of a local artist! Decorating each can will help beautify the sidewalks of Downtown Anchorage and showcase our city in a unique way. We look forward to working with you! Read more to view the sponsorship packet.

If you’re interested in sponsoring or need assistance with artwork, please contact Jennifer Adams at

For additional information, please contact Jamie Boring at

Click HERE to view a PDF of the sponsorship packet.

Thank you for your interest!

City of Lights

Get ready to hang those LED lights now! Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd., AEDC Live. Work. Play. Initiative, ACDA and Anchorage Chamber of Commerce are joining forces with downtown businesses to bring back the annual Anchorage City of Lights program. Read more on how you can get involved!

Contact us now if you would like a free strand (or more) of LED lights to hang in your business windows!

For FREE Lights, please contact our office at 907-279-5650.

Anchorage Downtown Partnership and our downtown partner organizations have identified increased lighting as a key issue in improving public safety in Anchorage, especially in the dark winter months and when there is little snow to reflect existing light. Adding exterior lights to businesses and residences is an easy and effective way to increase safety and walkability of the city during the wintertime. In addition, the extra light creates an inviting atmosphere into business storefronts encouraging shoppers and locals to visit and shop at our small, local businesses.

The City of Lights is a longtime tradition in Anchorage, starting in 1994, where residents and business owners were encouraged to display white lights on their buildings throughout the winter, while light poles on streets and sidewalks were wrapped with lights to enhance visibility and holiday spirit on major thoroughfares. In recent years the program was cut because of budget constraints.

Though the municipality is facing a tight budget season, the business community has stepped up to support the project to brighten up downtown this winter. Lights will be going up during the week of Thanksgiving, and the downtown streets will continue to be lit through the end of Fur Rendezvous in March.

Downtown businesses are encouraged to decorate and hang white holiday lights on the exterior of their buildings or in their storefront window display by Saturday, November 26th, which is National Small Business Saturday. The Anchorage Downtown Partnership will provide complimentary lights to any business that needs assistance getting them, and will be helping to wrap lights on light poles on main roads in Downtown Anchorage.

4th Avenue Theatre Mural

The 4th Avenue Theatre is the iconic downtown building, located in the heart of historic 4th Avenue. The Theatre currently lacks a tenant and fell victim to vandalism over the past winter. In order to help put a brighter face on this icon of downtown until a new tenant can be found for the building, Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. worked with local photographers and the University of Alaska to compile historic photos of the Theatre and 4th Avenue that could be blown up into larger than life murals covering the previously boarded-up doors and windows.

The finished mural project, printed and co-sponsored by Graphic Works, is already a huge hit along 4th Avenue. Sponsors of the mural project include: Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd., Peach Investments LLC, Anchorage Convention & Visitors BureauPolar Bear GiftsAnchorage City Trolley Tours, and MA’s Gourmet Dogs.

Click here to view photos of the mural project.

We still have no idea what the future holds for the Theatre, but for now it has a much more pleasant face!

Anchorage Downtown Placemaking

Anchorage Downtown Placemaking works to bring positive energy and use to downtown’s parks and public spaces. The program facilitates collaborative use of these spaces through inspiration, coordination and reducing existing barriers to entry.

Together with partnering organizations, Anchorage Downtown Placemaking allows space activation programming to more easily fill the downtown parksTown Square, Peratrovich and the 5th Ave Rooftop Park, as well as other empty public spaces in downtown: alleyways, vacant store fronts, street corners, etc. You provide the programming, idea or event, we help take care of equipment and logistical needs, as well as offer our expertise in navigating permit requirements, promotion and marketing at an additional cost.


Facade Improvements

As a core value, Anchorage Downtown Partnership assists Downtown property owners to help improve the cleanliness and outward appearance of downtown; to help decrease crime; to increase occupancy rates, investment values and lease income; and to generally stimulate economic development and improve the quality of life in downtown.

We supports the concept that design, brand and outward appearance of our community impacts our visitors’ view of whether downtown Anchorage is a vibrant, unique and welcoming neighborhood. We encourage our downtown stakeholders to take pride in their buildings and Anchorage Downtown Partnership is always looking for grants and partnerships to assist property owners to keep their facades up to date, clean and welcoming.

We provide supplemental services such as graffiti removal to assist property and business owners in keeping their storefronts clean and kept.

We provide recommendations for exterior lighting to create a safer environment for downtown businesses, residents and visitors.