Kodiak, AK (AP) A 2-foot-tall, 2-acre outdoor canvas tent is coming to the remote village of Kodiak in northern Alaska for a one-week outdoor showpiece.
The tent, which costs $350,000, is part of a growing trend of tents and campers that have opened up their spaces to the public, and are offering an outdoor living experience for people of all ages and backgrounds.
“There are a lot of people who want to be outdoors, and they want to see nature and enjoy it,” said Jason Raskin, the village’s director of recreation.
The Tent Campers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is working with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to get the tent set up in Kodiak’s summertime open space, which stretches from a popular water taxi spot to a large lake.
“We’re going to bring tents to a remote part of Alaska and let them go for a weekend,” Raskins said.
Tent Campers plans to use the tent for the first time Aug. 14 to showcase its tent camping and outdoor living offerings, including an outdoor tent, camp fire, and a cooktop and cooking utensils area.
The campfire and cooking area are set up as small, temporary shelters, with a single bed.
The tent can also be used as a camping bed and can be pitched.
The village is hosting the tent campers event Aug. 28 to help raise funds for the Alaska Forest Service, which is trying to clear forests and other open space.
The park has hosted many outdoor tent events in the past, Rasksays, but the Tent Camper camp is unique in the sense that it will be held on an isolated forested area.
“This is the first outdoor tent in the park,” Rasksaid.
The tents are being built by Alaska Landscape Architectural Company, a contractor that has been working with Rask in the area since 2014.
It has been providing tents to local villages and tribes since the mid-1990s.
The project began in 2014 with a design by a design studio in Anchorage, Alaska, and has been funded by donations from the American Fund for the Arts and the Alaska State Museum.
Raskins also said that the tents will have a water-saving feature that will reduce the amount of rainwater that falls on the tents.
The group plans to bring the tent to Kodiak to show it off to potential sponsors and members of the public.
It plans to have a tent show on the Kodiak Botanical Garden Aug. 18 and to open the tent in a tent area at the Kodiaks Lake Lodge and Marina in the summer.