Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Mat-Su Gateway Visitor Center


This project will construct a new 10,400 square foot visitor center complex.  The site for this new facility is on the Glenn Highway between the Parks Highway interchange and the City of Palmer on the former Homestead RV Park site.  

Project Benefits

The goal of the Mat-Su Valley South Gateway Visitor Center is to create a lively, attractive, well designed space where residents and visitors alike will learn about and directly experience the wealth of cultural, natural, recreational and business amenities in the Mat-Su Valley. The Visitor Center will welcome visitors to the Mat-Su Valley, provide interpretive information for travelers, and showcase the natural beauty of the area. The center will also be a destination in its own right, offering interesting activities and learning experiences. Part of the purpose of the Visitor Center is to promote tourism-related and recreation-related economic development, to share information about the region’s cultural history and natural attractions in an innovative and interesting way, and to foster stewardship of the Mat-Su Valley’s cultural and natural identity.

Project Status

Request for design proposals was advertised with seven proposals evaluated.  Wolf Architecture was selected as the designer. Schematic design was presented July 1, 2015 with electrical/mechanical design progressing toward 65% completion. Construction will start 2016 pending funding availability.


Jeff Walden, MSB Project Manager (907) 861-7710.

Project Docs

Project Fact Sheet (pdf 185.11 KB)   |  1502 hits

Project Cost

$6M - Currently, the State Legislature provided $1.235M for design and site investigation.