DEPARTMENT OF PARKS CULTURE AND RECREATION

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Due to concerns over spreading coronavirus, many public facilities in Unalaska have been closed, and events cancelled or postponed. Below is a list of closures that we know of. This list will be updated as we receive additional information.  

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The City of Unalaska will close the Aquatics Center, Library, and Department of Parks, Culture, and Recreation to the public starting on Monday, March 16. 

The announcement came a day after Gov. Mike Dunleavy extended public schools' spring break by a week due to concern over coronavirus. With schools shuttered until March 30, the city felt that closing other community centers was a necessary next step. 

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Saturday's Father Daughter Dance was an elegant affair. The event encouraged girls to participate in dancing, music, and games with their male role models. Now in its eighth year, around 100 people attended the annual event at Unalaska's community center.

 

Princess Keywona, a first-time attendee, declared it "amazing and so pretty." She went on to describe the event for listeners who might have missed it.

 

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While its 21-year-old building is under renovation, the Unalaska Public Library will move temporarily into the Burma Road Chapel.

The timeline for the move is still unclear. The city is working to finalize its contract with F&W Construction, the Anchorage-based contractor that won the bid.

"Things are still up in the air," said Roger Blakeley, director of the city's Parks, Culture, and Recreation Department.

Department of Parks, Culture, and Recreation

Unalaskans will celebrate Saturday's Heart of the Aleutians festival at a new location.

This year, the festival is billed as a downtown block party rather than an Unalaska Valley event at Kelty Field.

"We thought it would be fun to try a new location," said Nick Cron of the city's Department of Parks, Culture, and Recreation. "The softball field has been pretty damp, so we wanted to try something new."

Cron said the festival's food, games, and live music will unfold along Broadway Ave. between Town Park and 5th Street.

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