The Valley Is Getting A Coastal Park!

Contributed by Kim Sollien

Settlers Bay Coastal Park Fundraiser
8/10/2017 – 6:30PM
Great Land Trust
Settlers Bay Golf Course
7307 S Frontier Dr. Wasilla
FREE Admission, Donations Acceptable

The Great Land Trust (GLT) is excited to announce our newest public access project, the soon-to-be Settlers Bay Coastal Park. Adjacent to the Settlers Bay Golf Course, the 295-acre property includes forested uplands, wetlands, salmon streams, stunning views of the Chugach Mountains and access to Knik Arm. Once purchased, GLT will donate the land to the Mat-Su Borough to be managed for habitat and public recreation.
“The wildlife, trails and open spaces are part of what makes living in the Mat-Su so incredibly special. Whether users choose to enjoy this park on skis, on foot, by bike, through binoculars or from the end of a fishing pole, this park will be a place for everyone,” said Kim Sollien, GLT’s Mat-Su program director. “We are excited to be partnering with the Mat-Su Borough, private-funding partners and residents to create Alaska’s newest coastal park - a place we can all enjoy year-round.” 

Throughout the summer and into the fall, GLT will be hosting tours, presentations and special events to introduce the community to this property, to raise the remaining funds needed to complete the purchase and to work together to create a shared vision for how this property is developed for recreation. 

GLT is hosting two additional public tours of the property to introduce the community to this spectacular area.

The public is welcome to join GLT on Wednesday, July 19th or Wednesday, September 13th at 5pm for a tour of the property. GLT is also hosting a fundraiser on Thursday, August 10th at 6:30pm at Settlers Bay Golf Course to raise the remaining $40,000 needed to purchase the property. This free, family-friendly event will offer snacks, drinks, live music and the opportunity help buy a coastal park. 

Please contact Kim Sollien at to RSVP for a tour, to attend the fundraiser or to get more information about this exciting project. 
GLT is a non-profit dedicated to strategically conserving important lands and waters in Southcentral Alaska. GLT is committed to this work because we know that communities thrive when citizens have access to public lands and trails, when fish and wildlife have healthy habitats and when ecosystems are robust. For more information about the Settlers Bay Coastal Park project, please visit GLT’s website at