Big Willow Park is a 95 acre community park in Minnetonka. It's northern border is Minnehaha creek and its southern edge borders Minnetonka Boulevard. The park encompasses the city's public works building. Family-friendly amenities include a playground and picturesque walking paths, but it is largely sports fields. There is off street parking and seasonal restrooms available.
5 Fun Things for Families at Big Willow Park
- Take some time to play on the playground. The set up lends itself well to a game of follow the leader and a DIY "ninja course".
- The City of Minnetonka recommends going on a hunt for the the group of willow trees that gave the park its name. They are located just north of the smaller parking lot off Minnetonka Boulevard.
- Look for the beautiful old railroad bridge next to the creek. If you want to incorporate a little Minnetonka history, read about the park's history here.
- Take a hike along the year-round trails.
- This park would make a good place to come for bike-ride as the full trail loop is almost three miles.
Big Willow Playground
Located right next to the parking lot (with a chain link fence to separate it), the park has a good-sized playground. The flooring is wood-chip and the equipment offers challenging play opportunities at a variety of developmental levels.
Big Willow Park Trails
The park has over two miles of trails that are available year round and are plowed during the winter. According to the city, you can start a 2.8-mile loop at the small parking lot, heading north through the park Cedar Lake Road, continue to follow the path to County Road 73 and Minnetonka Boulevard until you return to the parking lot. Trails also connect to other parks in the area, including Mayflowr Park, Hilloway Park and Meadows Park. When hiking the trails, look for an old wooden bridge crossing Minnehaha Creek. Find Minnetonka trail maps and regulations here.