Why Choose Seward?

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Quality of Life

Seward offers an unbeatable year round quality of life environment to attract residents, visitors and employees. The spectacular mountain and bay scenery, with abundant land-based and marine wildlife coupled with immediate access to pristine areas for hiking, mountain biking, mountain climbing, cross country skiing, snow machining, camping, fishing, white water rafting, dog mushing, sea kayaking, cold water scuba diving and other outdoor activities make the City of Seward a year round outdoor playground for all ages. Seward offers the following to enhance the quality of life for residents, visitors, and businesses:

Parks and Recreation

  • Beautiful, natural, clean, Alaskan parks
  • Picnic areas
  • Ball fields
  • Camping and RV sites
  • Biking and walking paths
  • Hiking trails
  • Skateboard Park
  • Children's playgrounds
  • National Park Service
  • National Forest Service
  • Alaska State Parks
  • Alaska SeaLife Center
  • Seward Boat Harbor
  • Army Recreation Camp
  • Private health, fitness and dance centers
  • Gymnasium(s)
  • High School swimming pool
  • Seward Community Bike Park (development currently underway)
  • Subsidized support for library
  • PARKS- playground for 2-12 year olds
  • Historical Hoben Park restoration
  • New waterfront pavilion off Adams Street
  • Harbor restrooms & showers

Programs for Youth

  • Youth activities at Teen Youth Center (TYC)
  • Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts programs
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Qutekcak Native Tribe- kids activities
  • Church youth groups
  • After school programs and summer day camps
  • Teen & Youth Center (TYC) facility, ball fields, gyms
  • Teen Rec Room (TRR)
  • Music School

Quality Healthcare

  • 24 hour emergency hospital
  • Four full-time resident physicians
  • Investment in hospital technology (tel-medicine, CT scanner, Mental Health: SeaView Community Services
  • Physical Therapy, Dental Services, Optical, Medical Clinics
  • Long Term Care Facility - Seward Mountain Haven

Programs for Seniors

  • Subsidized property tax exemption program
  • Senior purchasing prices at some local stores
  • Senior Center federal weekday lunch program
  • "Meals on Wheels"
  • Senior health, fitness, and nutrition programs
  • Senior arts and crafts and volunteer opportunities
  • Senior Center

Affordable Living

  • Lowest property tax in the Borough
  • Supporting subdivision development and Low Income Development, resulting in new homes
    Diverse economy provides stable jobs.
  • Low ISO rating 4 for all areas with hydrants, 9 for areas without hydrants (There are some areas without hydrants).

Community Safety

  • New fire/safety rescue boat
  • State's first tsunami-ready community
  • State of the art security cameras to monitor public infrastructure
  • State of the art E-911 emergency response system
  • Disaster readiness training and funding for emergency preparedness/shelters
  • Volunteer Fire Department and EMS

Pre-K through 12 Schools and Education

  • Private daycare businesses
  • Preschool programs
  • Seward Elementary
  • Seward Middle School
  • Seward High School
  • Seward Community Library & Museum

Scientific, Research and Continued Education

  • Scientific and Research Institutions
  • Alaska SeaLife Center
  • University of Alaska- Fairbanks
  • Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery
  • Alaska Vocational Technical Center (AVTEC)
  • Kenai Peninsula College Resurrection Bay Extension Site
  • AVTEC Fire Training Center
  • Homeport of the Arctic Research Vessel M/V Sikuliaq

Special Community Events

  • 4th of July (Largest in Alaska) including famous Mount Marathon Race®
  • Seward Silver Salmon Derby®
  • Halibut Derby
  • Polar Bear Jump Off Festival
  • Harbor Opening Weekend & Blessing of the Fleet
  • Mermaid Festival
  • Military Appreciation Combat Fishing Tournament
  • Annual Music & Arts Festival
  • Annual Kenai Crewsers Holiday Arts & Crafts Show

Churches / Religion

  • Episcopal
  • Lutheran
  • Non-Denominational
  • Assembly of God
  • Baptist
  • Catholic
  • Pentecostal
  • Methodist
  • Charismatic
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
  • Nazarene

Arts and Entertainment

  • Port City Players
  • Seward Arts Council
  • Seward Music Association
  • Seward Mural Society
  • First Friday Art Walks (May - September)
  • Seward Second Saturdays (October - April)

Other Organizations, Clubs & Opportunities

  • Seaview Community Services
  • American Legion, Auxiliary and Sons of the Legion
  • Seward Seaman's Mission
  • Seward Emblem Club #250
  • International Rotary
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Nordic Ski Club
  • Conservation organizations
  • Resurrection Bay Historical Society
  • Red Hat Society

City News and Information

  • Seward Journal
  • Anchorage Daily News