Fodor's Expert Review Pinky's Park
Named after Thomas "Pinky" Sekanoff, who walked across the Bering Strait to escape the Russian Revolution in the 1900s, the 22 acres of Pinky's Park remember his life in Bethel and constant goodwill toward the kids in the community. Although he made a very modest living panning for gold in the region, he always managed to have candy for the local children. Take a stroll on the park's nearly 2 miles of wooden boardwalks, decks, and trails; remember that they must be specially engineered to hold up in this brutal climate while not damaging the tundra underneath. There's also a nice community garden, along with a playground and multiuse sports field that acts as a hub for all of Bethel's July 4 festivities.