Soldotna Creek Park

aerial view of parkSoldotna Creek Park, located along the banks of the Kenai River, is truly our community's back yard. Residents and visitors alike enjoy beautiful scenery, with boardwalks, gravel paths, and benches all overlooking the stunning Kenai River. The large Fred Meyer Pavilion accommodates events and live music year round, and a community-built playground brings out the kid in all of us. Formerly a DOT maintenance yard, this area has been transformed into a vibrant green space, alive with activity and community gatherings. 

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 Fair; 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 with the Levitt AMP Soldotna Music Series.

boardwalk and stairsGet to Know the Kenai RiverYou don't have to be a fishing enthusiast to enjoy the picturesque Kenai River, but Soldotna Creek Park is a great place to drop a line in the water and try your hand at catching some salmon! 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 leading directly to the mouth of Soldotna Creek.

Plan Your EventFirst-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 and stage can also be rented by contacting the Parks & Recreation Department directly (see contact info at left).

playgroundFun for the Whole Family!Soldotna Creek Park hosts a community playground, built by and for community members in 2011. Other park amenities such as covered pavilions, year-round restrooms, and paved parking make this spot a favorite for kids' birthdays or even just a relaxing on a Saturday afternoon. In the summer of 2020 the City unveiled a new outdoor basketball court and the Soldotna Library installed a new StoryWalk, featuring a children's picture book posted page by page along a walking path at the park. 

The Soldotna Parks & Recreation department regularly partners with community groups to offer activities like Yoga in the Park and Fitness in the Park during the summer months.  In the winter, Soldotna Creek Park includes an ice skating path and hosts Movies in the Park, featuring free family-friendly movies, warming fires, and refreshments.  For the latest happenings at the park, contact the Parks & Rec department, or follow them on Facebook

Commitment to SustainabilitySoldotna 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.

Park InformationClassification: Community
Park Size: 13.62 Acres
Deeded: 1980, Alaska Department of Transportation
River Access: 2,300 feet of boardwalk, 300 feet of accessible ramp, 12 river access stairs
Open Grass Fields: 1 large lawn area
Restrooms: 1, year round
Playground: Yes (Large)
Band Shell / Stage: 1
Pavilions: 3
Picnic Tables: 6
Walking Paths: Yes
Benches: Several (river views)
Parking: Paved; 80-100 vehicles (see map for additional event parking)
Camping: No
Day Use Fee: No

Seasonal Amenities: Outdoor Basketball Court, StoryWalk, Ice Skating Path

Useful LinksPavilion/Facility Rental

Event Parking Map