Parks, Facilities & Natural Resources

Welcome to Arcata's Parks, Facilities & Natural Resources hub! Dive into the green heart of our community, where vibrant parks, top-notch facilities, and nature come together. Discover the perfect blend of recreation and conservation that makes Arcata an exceptional place to live and play. Start your outdoor adventure and/or event right here!

  • Find an Arcata venue for your next event here!
  • Visit the 'Recreation Division' webpage to find out what events are happening in Arcata here!
  • Learn more about Arcata's parks and trails here!
  • Learn about adopting-a-park in Arcata here!
  • Visit Arcata's 'Parks & Recreation Committee' webpage here!
  • Learn Arcata's invasive plant species and what to do when you encounter an invasive plant here!

Explore the rich natural resources of Arcata by clicking on any of the photos below!

Wetlands & Creeks

Baylands After Breach

Parks & Recreation

Redwood Park photo

City Forests

Arcata Community Forest

Arcata March & Wildlife Sanctuary

Allen Marsh summer

Practical Functions

Open spaces also provide a number of more practical functions. They protect water quality and wildlife habitat, act as buffers and linkages, and allow for the preservation of important historic and cultural sites. They provide opportunities for recreation, education, scientific research, and locally produced food. Open space protection is therefore one of the most rewarding commitments a community can make to future generations, and is a required element in the General Plan of every California city and county. The City Council must approve all open space acquisitions. This action includes a public process whereby disclosures regarding purchase price, management costs, management intent and purpose and need are made.

Arcata’s Open Space Protection Program serves as a mechanism for implementing the policies of the General Plan. It integrates the goals of the Resource Conservation and Land Use Elements and other City plans that relate to the designation, maintenance, enhancement, and increasing the amount of permanently protected open space in and around Arcata. While the General Plan provides for open space protection through land use and zoning policies, the Open Space Protection Program primarily guides the City and it's citizens in protecting and maintaining open spaces via purchase of land or easements that will enrich the lives of Arcata's residents in harmony with the needs and goals of the Community.