Originally a firebreak , the Park Strip would become Anchorage's first airfield. It was established as part of the original Anchorage township plat in and named for James Delaney , one of the first mayors of Anchorage. Anchorage residents, working for free, had prepared a by foot landing field for Noel Wien to fly Jimmy Rodebaugh's newly arrived Standard J
This clearing at the edge of town once functioned as a firebreak between Anchorage and its neighboring forest. At other times, it acted as an airstrip, a golf course and even a makeshift housing development, when people lived here during the s boom in apartments created out of old barracks. Today the Park Strip—just one block wide but 13 blocks long—is home to ball fields, a gym, ice rink and a giant steam locomotive. Parking spaces available all along 10th street on the park side.