The above video was primarily shot at the Valley of the Moon park in Anchorage. It was shot and edited by Michael R Dougherty and engineer Joe Gill as part of a KAKM channel 7 series called “Southcentral”.
Because one big piece of the playground equipment in the Valley of the Moon park was shaped like a rocket ship, our family gave the park a brand-new name. We called it “Rocket Ship Park.”
On a warm spring day in 1974, it was exciting for my husband Mike and I to take our daughter for her first outing to the park. Nikki was six months old, and we had to carry her everywhere at the park. As parents, we got quite a workout!
A fun time for Mike and Nikki was when they climbed the rocket ship. They had a blast.
Being a first-time parent, I shouted out “Be careful” as I looked at them way up on the rocket ship.
Next, Nikki held on to me as we jogged around the park. We laughed at how funny we felt bouncing along on the grass. Mike and I had fun with Nikki and as we walked around the park, we pointed out birds, trees and other children to our daughter. Whew, lunchtime and nap time called for all three of us after all that climbing, jogging, laughing and walking. That was just one of many, many visits we made to “rocket ship park” over the years.
These days, we like talking to our now grown up daughter about that day and remembering all the fun we had.
In 1955, The Municipality of Anchorage purchased the land for Valley of the Moon park from Grace Gay. The park, located at 610 W. 17th Avenue, was named Valley of the Moon, the Indian name for Sonoma Valley in California. The place where “Call of the Wild” writer, Jack London, lived in his later years.