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Special Events, Programs & Activities
Parks and Recreation works closely with many community organizations to support programs and activities year-round. You’ll see our staff involved with all of these fun events. Check our full Parks & Recreation calendars for all the latest and greatest happenings in Valdez! 

Register Online HERE for a Parks & Rec Event!

Valdez Qaniq Challenge- 2 day XC Ski Race

Healthier You


Giant Ski Races

Glow in the Dark Pool Party

Pickle Ball Tournament

Zipfy Mini-Luge Slalom & Kids Drag Races -Frosty Fever
120/Kitty Cat Snow-X - Frosty Fever

SnowTown Ice Classic



Beacon & Eggs Hunt
HEALTHIER YOU FINALE: Spring Surprise 5K Scavenger Hunt 

National Bike Month
Summer Sign-Up Fair               
Community Clean Up Day 

(Hiking Alaska's Wild Kountry) begins Memorial Day- through Labor Day
 6th Annual Bite Back 5K Run

National Trails Month

Summer Fun Camps
Summer Art Contest
Valdez Arbor Day


National Parks & Rec Month

Paths of Poetry

Summer Fun Camps

Uncle Salmon's Freedom Fun Runs (5K & 10K) 

July 4th Festival  

Pink Salmon Festival
Gold Rush Days:
Kids Dive for Gold


Gold Rush Days:
Kids Scavenger Hunt

CVT High Five Triathlon

Endurocross ATV Obstacle Course Races



    Labor Day Family Fun Runs 
    HAWK (Hiking Alaska's Wild Kountry) Ends

    HAWK Finale
    Halloween Carnival Booth Registration Begins


    The Running Dead 5K Zombie Obstacle Run

    Children’s Halloween Party at the Library         

    Halloween Carnival

    Haunted House 


    Book and Basket Auction

    Turkey Trot Family 5K Run 
    Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony


    Ugly Sweater Walk, Run, & Ski
    Deck the Halls - Festive Homes Contest

    2016 Valdez Race Series
    We are happy to introduce the new Parks & Recreation Valdez RACE Series- with new runs, xc ski, snowshoe, and bike races included! And of course, we will still be sponsoring our annual fan favorites, like the Bite Back Runs, Uncle Salmon Fun Runs, and Labor Day Family Fun Runs.

    New in 2015, we will also be including a $5 registration fee for all Parks & Rec Races, which will go toward prizes, new racing equipment, more up-to-date racing technology, as well as funding for new races and runs!

    2016 H.A.W.K. (Hiking Alaska's Wild Kountry)
    HAWK - Hike Alaska’s Wild Kountry - 2016. For ages 5 and above. Pick up a HAWK program trail card at the P&R Office at the Civic Center. Hike, bike, or run on foot, 3 or more of the trails listed on the reverse side of this card. Valdez Trail information is available in the Parks and Recreation Summer Trail Map Guide or online at: Log the date you hiked each trail on the reverse side of this tracking card. Turn in your completed trail card at the Parks & Rec Office at the Civic Center or log on to to fill out and submit the online trail form on or before September 6, 2016. Each participant must turn in an individual trail card. Prize Drawings for hiking 3, 5, 7 or 9 trails. Participants will be entered in each Prize drawing for which they qualify (for example, a person who hikes 9 trails will be entered in each drawing), but may only win 1 prize. Those who hike all 10 Trails will be entered into a bonus prize drawing!

    #HAWKTrails Social Media Challenge
    We want HAWK to go viral! Every time your hike, bike, or run a HAWK trail, take a photo or video and tag it #HAWKTrail and post it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Vine! If you post your photo to our Facebook page ( in public setting with the tag #HAWKTrail, you will be entered into a separate HAWK 2015 prize drawing and your photo may end up on the cover of our HAWK advertising in 2016! Winners will be announced on the Parks & Rec Facebook page and this website; and prizes will be awarded after September 8th.

    Additional Information

    Any questions, please call the Parks & Rec Office at (907) 835-2531 or email the Parks & Recreation Supervisor, Wendy Clubb, or the Activities Coordinator, Rachel Sensabaugh.

    2016 Halloween Carnival Booth Newsletter Available Now!
    The annual Halloween Carnival is just around the corner. If you or your organization is interested in hosting a booth this year, this is the newsletter that will have all of the information you'll need. More information...
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