In 1999, the Fairbanks North Star Borough Department of Parks and Recreation, in partnership with five local sports non-profits, began the development of South Davis Park. Though the park is still a work in progress, it is used daily throughout the summer by soccer, softball, and canine enthusiasts. Construction of additional sports fields, playgrounds, and a series of walking trails is planned over the next few years.
South Davis Park has five unique recreational areas:
- The Fairbanks Dog Park is a canine paradise with two exercise and training pens for local dogs and visitors alike. The Dog Park also has a pond for water-dog training, and a series of meandering trails that are traveled by many Fairbanksans—with or without their canine companions.
- Like most communities across the U.S, soccer is the #1 youth sport in Fairbanks. The 21 fields across the street from South Davis Park aren’t enough handle the growing need. So, the Fairbanks Youth Soccer Association constructed six additional at South Davis Park with plans to develop four more fields in the coming years.
- Not to be outdone, the Interior Adult Soccer Association is constructing three adult soccer fields at the park as well.
- Softball is big in Fairbanks. To support their burgeoning numbers, the Golden Heart Softball Association is constructing three adult softball fields at the park, in addition to their four home fields across the street at the Hez Ray Sports Complex.
- If fast-pitch softball is your passion, there are five fields and a multi-purpose field house at South Davis Park constructed by the Interior Girls Softball Association.
- Open year-round.
- In the winter, the Dog Park parking lot lights are on from 2pm until 10pm only. (Who really wants to get up to play a leisurely game of fetch with Fido in the dark, at 20 below, before work?)