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Robbins Island: Diamond of Willmar’s park system

The park is located between Willmar and Foot lakes on the northside of Willmar. The park includes one of the largest playgrounds in the state, and is also home to a natural trail, swimming beach, disc golf course and more.

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Children play Tuesday, April 6, 2021 on the Destination Playground at Robbins Island Park in Willmar.
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At Robbins Island Regional Park, visitors will have the opportunity to use several new park shelters while enjoying other upgrades the city of Willmar has made over the last several years. A new four-season shelter opened in 2020, and improvements to the roadway and parking lots were completed last year. The enhancements provide more ways for fun, relaxation and recreation at the 55-acre park.

The park is located between Willmar and Foot lakes on the northside of Willmar. The park includes one of the largest playgrounds in the state, and is also home to a natural trail, swimming beach, disc golf course and more.

Destination Playground

The Destination Playground provides fully accessible fun for children of all ages. Children are able to run and play through different themed areas, including a castle, train and farm, as well as zipline and a spider bouncer. With different types of slides, swings and climbing apparatuses, the 19,000-square-foot playground is the largest fully accessible playground in the state, with special playground equipment specifically for children with disabilities.

The project was funded through private donations, constructed by community members and opened to the public in June 2017.

Shelters

This summer will be the first summer the newly completed shelters across Robbins Island will be available for rent.

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The four-season shelter can be rented for $130.

Open Shelter #1, Guri Endersen, and Hilltop can each be rented for $110.

Open Shelter # 2 is available for $40.

A refundable damage deposit of $100 will be added to all rentals. To reserve a shelter, call 231-8490 or download the rental form on the city website.

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Participants in a disc golf tournament practice before the event held in Rice Park during "Squid Fest" hosted in the park and the downtown area in September 2021.
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Disc golf course

Redesigned in 2018, Robbins Island Disc Golf course has 18 holes and travels through Robbins Island and Hedin Park. Disc golfers navigate around trees, hills and lake water.

A downloadable map of the course can be found online at willmarmn.gov/parks_and_trails/disc_golf_course.php

Rockin’ Robbins

This annual free outdoor concert series is sponsored by the Willmar Rotary Club to raise money for Robbins Island improvements. Each event includes a free concert, food vendors, beer/wine tent, kids’ activities and an artisan market.

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Concerts take place at Robbins Island from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays July 12 (Xpedition: Journey, Foreigner, Kansas & Styx), July 19 (The Johnny Holm Band), July 26 (Good for Gary) and Aug. 2 (Fabulous Armadillos).

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.


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