Parks & Trails

Parks & Trails


The City of Willmar has over 30 parks spread throughout the community, each with a wide variety of opportunities for residents to participate in. Whether you’re interested in a leisurely walk, bike ride, or just sitting by the side of one of Minnesota’s famed 10,000 lakes, you're sure to find a park to enjoy. Willmar's most notable and Popular Park Destinations serve a wide variety of interests. From Playground Parks to Dog Parks, theres a place for everyone to enjoy leisure time outdoors. 

Popular Park Destinations

Park Amenities
Visit the WCER website for a Complete Listing of all Willmar Park Amenities.

Parks & Recreation Master Plan
In 2013, the City of Willmar contracted with the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission to begin the development of an overall City Park Plan. During that process, it became evident the City would need assistance with drawing concepts and overall layout of parks. In May 2014, the City of Willmar contracted the services of SRF Landscape Architecture to complete the needed work. The following presentation are concepts that have been developed with staff and Park user groups. None of these concepts are finalized.
Parks & Master Plan

Recreational Programming

For information on all activities and programming that takes place in the parks and on the athletic fields visit the Willmar Community Ed and Rec website or phone (320) 231-8490. 

Reserve a Shelter
Robbins Island has a total of 7 shelters available to reserve from May 1 thru September 30.

  •  Enclosed Shelters – Guri Endresen, Leaf, Green and Hilltop – each have electricity and rent for $100 plus $50 damage deposit
  • Open Shelters – Shelter #1 has electricity and rents for $32 plus the damage deposit. Shelter #2 and Lion’s Shelter have no electricity and rent for $20 plus the damage deposit.

Download the Shelter Rental Request Form to reserve a Park Shelter.


rsz_1glacial_lakes_trail_img_1209_2015_01_06_14_33_50_utc_fotorThe Glacial Lakes State Trail is located on a former Burlington Northern Railroad grade, and is generally wheelchair accessible. The trail is paved for 22 miles between Willmar, Spicer, New London, Hawick, and the Kandiyohi/Stearns County line. An additional 5 miles from Richmond to Roscoe in Stearns County is also paved. From Willmar to New London there is 10 miles of grass treadway for horseback riding, while the New London to the Kandiyohi/Stearns County line segment has grass shoulders to accommodate this activity.

Primary summer use of the developed trail includes, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and in-line skating. Within Kandiyohi County, the trail is groomed for winter snowmobile use, and in Stearns County, snowmobile use is allowed on signed sections only, however studded tracks are prohibited on the asphalt surface. The many lakes make this area a popular tourist destination. The towns along the trail provide access points, rest stops and other services to trail users. You will need a horse pass if you will be horseback riding, and for snowmobiling, a snowmobile must be registered or have a snowmobile state trail sticker. No other fees or passes are required to use the trail.

The gently rolling topography of Central Minnesota was created by glaciers retreating 10,000 years ago. The trail cuts across the border between Minnesota's western tallgrass prairie and eastern deciduous forest. Though much of the area has been cultivated, remnants of virgin prairie, wetlands, and scattered woodlots can still be found along the railroad right-of-way. Whitetail deer, numerous small mammals, birds, reptiles and butterflies can be seen along the trail.


rsz_willmar_walks_web_image-3Willmar Walks includes three routes for walking that wind through the downtown area. There is a 1 mile route, a 1.5 mile route, and a 2 mile route. These routes have been designed to encourage more persons walking for exercise in the downtown. The flyer developed for the program will also be educational for both citizens and visitors by highlighting and discussing eighteen points of interest along the routes. Most of the points of interest highlight Willmar’s historic buildings in the central business district.

Willmar Walks utilizes a map flyer and sidewalk route identifiers to guide persons on the three routes. Selvig International Park is the designated route head for each of the three routes.

Willmar Walks is a project that was developed through the joint efforts of Rice Memorial Hospital, Kandiyohi County Public Health, The Willmar Design Center, the Willmar Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Kandiyohi County Historical Society.