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Valley of the Moon Park
by Mary Jane Dougherty
In the spring of 1974 on a warm Saturday in Anchorage, my husband Mike and I took our daughter Nikki for her first visit to "Valley of the Moon Park."
Turn up the sound, click on the video and enjoy
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 Valley of the Moon park was shaped like a rocket ship, we gave the park a brand new name, we called it "Rocket Ship Park."
On that warm spring day it was exciting for Mike and I to take our daughter for her first outing at the park. Nikki was six months old and we had to carry her everywhere at the park. As parents we got quite a work out!
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 as I looked at them way up on the rocket ship, "Be careful."
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, lunch time 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.
Now we like talking to our now grown up daughter about that day and remembering all the fun that 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.
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