The City of Arcata is dedicated to maintaining and providing safe and beautiful parks within the community. The Adopt-a-Park program is designed to bring community members together with the City to enhance the overall quality, safety and beauty of parks in Arcata. There are over 25 locations where parks or park space exists in the City. Due to limited resources, City staff is often restricted in what they can do at each facility. But, working together, through the Adopt-a Park program we can capitalize on the energy, expertise and time available to enhance the already great parks and playgrounds in Arcata.

When you volunteer to adopt a park, or a portion of one, you become its caretaker. Your efforts can be used to maintain, restore or beautify a park. The scope of the projects is limited only by your creativity and energy.

Adoptions may include any of the following tasks:

  • Removing Trash and Litter
  • Planting Trees, Flowers
  • Weeding
  • Graffiti Removal
  • Playground Surface Raking
  • Brush Removal
  • Trail Repair
  • Sweeping Paths and Sidewalks
  • Reporting Hazards and Vandalism

Who Participates in this Program?

  • Individuals
  • School Groups
  • Local Businesses
  • Special Clubs, Organizations
  • Youth Groups
  • Sports Teams
  • Service Learning Groups
  • Neighborhood Organizations
  • Families
  • Scout Groups
Become Involved with Adopt-a-Park

The first step is to identify a park site you or your group would like to adopt and determine the tasks you would like to complete. Then, submit a proposal form to the parks office. The Parks Superintendent will then contact you to meet and discuss your project. Once approved, each member of your group must complete a Volunteer Agreement and waiver of liability. Then you are ready to go!

Proposal forms may be submitted to the Parks Department at:


Mail: City of Arcata Parks Division
736 F Street
Arcata, CA 95521 or
Phone: (707) 822-5957
Fax: (707) 822-2119