Residents and visitors to the Soldotna area love the Kenai River. Soldotna Creek Park provides a valuable connection to the river for everyone to enjoy its beauty and bounty. Pull into the parking area at Soldotna Creek Park and the Sterling Highway suddenly seems miles away. You don't have to be a fisherman to enjoy this 5 acre picturesque spot, but it's okay if you are!
Soldotna Creek Park is the jewel of our downtown. Picnic areas with barbecues are scattered through the trees and overlook the Kenai River. A pavilion with picnic tables stands ready, just in case you want a roof over your head while you eat. The Soldotna Community Playground promises to keep the kids busy. Benches set to face the river provide a scenic Alaskan setting just right for daydreaming or catching up with friends. The park is also the heart of our community, hosting the Frozen River Fest, the Kenai River Festival, and tons of other great activities for kids of all ages.
A wide trail that is handicapped accessible (with assistance) leads to the mouth of Soldotna Creek and has over 500 feet of elevated boardwalk with river-access stair units that wind along the edge of the Kenai River. The location of this day use-only park makes it a favorite. You can reserve the pavilion for special gatherings by contacting the Parks & Recreation Department.
Soldotna Creek Park Wins State Award for Facility Excellence
The Parks and Recreation Department was recently honored by the Alaska Recreation and Parks Association with the Facility Excellence Award for the work done to transform Soldotna Creek Park from the former State of Alaska Department of Transportation highway maintenance yard, to the year-round community gathering place it is today.
Read about the history of this property in the nomination materials. The City is very thankful to the Greater Soldotna Chamber of Commerce for nominating this project, and to all the community members and partner organizations who have invested in Soldotna Creek Park and our downtown over the past 30 years.