Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Wild Woods Park

Talkeetna's community built playground is a creative, wonderful place to play with varied play equipment and play environments for children of all ages, especially in the ages ranging 2-10. Wild Woods Park is located on the Talkeetna Spur next to the Talkeetna Public Library. The story of our playground is one of community support and perseverance.

The Story

Once upon a time, a busy and active bunch of parents and their young children got together to play, like all parents and children do. They played at the river beach. They played by the lake. They played in the woods. They played in their driveways and yards. They played at the Elementary School Gym. They played in their living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms. But they didn't play at a local public playground because they didn't have one!

The parents and their kids traveled near and far, admiring and enjoying the playgrounds in other towns and wondered, "Why don't we have a playground in our town too?" And so started the meetings. They met and they met. And they raised money. And they talked with the local and regional government. And they learned a lot. And they worked hard and volunteered many hours. And they hoped that one day in the not too far future, while their kids were still young enough to swing on the swings and slide on the slides, that in their little town of Talkeetna, Alaska, they too would have a community playground.

All of their efforts to design, create, and build a community playground in Talkeetna paid off. Their children now play in a fun playground right next to the library complete with traditional swings and slides, climbing equipment and sandbox, as well as a pirate bridge over the creek, grassy hills and woodsy paths, a rock labyrinth, a log playhouse, and lots and lots of art. Parents of Talkeetna kids thank everyone for their encouragement, interest, participation and donations. Our kids thank you, too! Come visit!

Not....the end...just the beginning...