Soldotna Creek Park is truly our community's back yard. Residents and visitors alike enjoy breathtaking scenery, with boardwalks, gravel paths, and benches all overlooking the stunning aquamarine Kenai River, the rolling hills of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and in the distance, the snow-capped Kenai Mountains. The large Fred Meyer Pavilion accommodates events and live music all year, and a community-built playground brings out the kid in all of us.
The park hosts so many events every year, it would be impossible to list them all here! A few highlights include the award-winning Frozen RiverFest, Alaska's only outdoor, family-friendly winter fest attended by breweries from across the state; the Kenai River Festival; Soldotna Progress Days; and the ever-popular Soldotna Wednesday Market, which includes food and craft vendors, a wide range of food trucks, and live music and a beer garden starting at 6 pm.
Get to Know the Kenai River
You don't have to be a fishing enthusiast to enjoy the picturesque Kenai River, but it's okay if you are! The park includes 2,300 feet of riverfront boardwalk and 12 sets of river access stairs. There's also over 300 feet of wide trail/ramp that is accessible for users of all abilities (with assistance) leading directly to the mouth of Soldotna Creek itself.
Plan Your Event
First-come, first serve picnic areas with barbecues are scattered through the woods in the park and overlook the Kenai River. Three covered pavilions also stand in the main area of the park, which can be reserved using this online form. The large Fred Meyer Pavilion can also be rented by contacting the Parks & Recreation Department directly (see contact info at right).
Swing a Little - or a Lot!
Soldotna Creek Park hosts the Community Playground, built by and for community members in 2011. Nearby amenities such as covered pavilions, year-round restrooms, and paved parking make this spot a favorite for kids' birthdays or even just a relaxing and fun Saturday afternoon.
Commitment to Sustainability
Soldotna Creek Park is proud to host the Kenai Watershed Forum, a local nonprofit dedicated to providing education, restoration, and research on the regional Kenai River watershed. Headquartered in the historic Ralph Soberg house, the development includes permeable pavers to help recharge and filter groundwater, a solar energy array, and rain gardens to help manage erosion. Additionally, all the boardwalks in Soldotna Creek Park are built to the City's Kenai River Overlay District standards to promote riverbank stabilization, maximize vegetation growth, and provide habitat for spawning salmon and other wildlife.