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From its beginnings as a hunting ground and ranch in the early 1800s, to the community-led Poor Farm in the early 1900s, Bear Creek Regional Park has been an integral part of the community and region.
In the 1970s, residents and community members were able to make their voices heard when developers pressed the county to give up the land. When the Nature Center was lost in the 2001 fire, community support brought it back. In 2013, Palmer Land Conservancy was proud to play a small part in the community-led discussion of the park’s future. Now the property is protected forever.
Bear Creek Regional Park is an extensive park with a number of amenities and opportunities for outdoor recreation. In the developed park area, you’ll find picnic pavilions, playing fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, an archery range, horseshoe pits, volleyball and basketball courts, and one of the best dog parks in the state. The uppermost section includes the Bear Creek Nature Center as well as a network of walking and biking trails. From the parking lot at the park, connect to beginner / intermediate mountain bike trails for a day of exploring the total 545 acres.