Friday, August 19, 2011
Pioneer Park was built in 1967 by the Pioneers of Alaska to celebrate Alaska’s centennial. It was given to the city of Fairbanks in 1968 and is now a wonderful city park with many small museums, a large playground, restaurants, shops, relocated historic buildings, and paved trails. Most of the museums are free.
The park is very accessible but it has some problems. There are a few steep ramps and the Wilkersham house has a step at the threshold. The air museum is so stuffed with displays that it’s impossible to maneuver through the minor exhibits. The riverboat has dioramas of all of the towns that it once served but many are too high to see from a seated position. There’s a high lip at the threshold to the engine room.
Parking for RVs is along the west side of the parking lot. You can stay overnight for $12.00, payable at the riverboat. Park