Turnagain South/Columbia Park Neighborhood in Anchorage, AK
The Turnagain neighborhood in Anchorage is located northeast of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Within its borders are Hood Lake and Lake Spenard, both popular tie-down locations for float planes. Located south of downtown Anchorage, this is a mixed neighborhood of single family homes and apartments.
On its northern edge is the Cook Inlet and Earthquake Park. This open green space offers panoramic views of Turnagain Arm, an inlet that eventually empties into the Gulf of Alaska. Smaller parks dot the Turnagain neighborhood, including the family friendly Fish Creek Park with its tennis courts, grill area, covered picnic sites and playgrounds. The lake front Spenard Beach Park and Community Center are also available. The 1,400 acre Kincaid Park is just south of the airport. Miles of trails lead through this heavily forested area with the Coastal Trail following the shoreline all the way to downtown Anchorage.
Hotels, restaurants, car rental, and travel services are found along Wisconsin Street and near Lake Spenard. An assortment of day care centers and day care homes are scattered throughout Turnagain, including the Crystal Child Development Center, Doodle Bugs childcare and Faith Day Care & Learning Center. Schools in the area include Lake Hood Elementary, Romig Middle School and West High School.
Anchorage’s People Mover bus service offers numerous stops along Milky Way Drive, Wisconsin Street, and Spenard Boulevard. Most businesses, aside from those near the airport, are located along the latter two streets. The easiest access to the area is via West International Airport Road to the south. If coming from downtown Anchorage, Minnesota Drive will get you to Turnagain.