Youth Forum

Goal Statement

“Develop a safe and accessible park that will provide the community with recreational and educational opportunities that promote wellness through physical activity in a natural setting.”

The Willow Park Master Plan is thanks to efforts led by the Willow Youth Forum, a committee of the Willow Area Community Organization (WACO). Willow, a community of around 2,100 people, enjoys interested and involved residents who actively participate in the community to maintain and improve Willow’s quality of life. This document reflects visions and goals of both the Willow Summer Trails Master Plan (2011) and the Willow Area Community Comprehensive Plan (2013). Relevant ideas from both plans include community health and wellness through physical activity, acknowledging the area’s natural beauty and its recreational qualities.


The Youth Forum Committee meets the first Thursday each month in the Willow Community Center at 7:00 PM. Contact Linda Oxley for more information at (907) 841-3421 or [email protected].


Map to Willow Park

From the Parks Highway take Willow Creek Parkway west. The Park is on the left.


Willow Park Plans

The park currently has parking areas completed with a covered pavilion and fenced dog park. Future development plans include a halfpipe, bike pump course and softball field. Click the image below for more detail.

Shem Pete Interpretive Trail Plan

Willow residents wish to illustrate the area’s cultural history by interpreting Native history, as well as its more recent history of gold mining and homesteading. Willow residents are proud and respectful of their history. Through this lens, the natural history (landscape, flora, fauna, and habitat) of the area can also be interpreted, further making connections that illustrate why people settled here in the first place—and why they stay.

This plan and project are possible through efforts, support, and funding from members of the Willow Area Community Organization led by its Youth Forum Committee and partners, the Willow Trail Committee, Willow Historical and Wildlife Foundation, Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation, and the Matanuska Susitna Borough.

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Shem Pete Trail Plan Cover