Parks & Trails

Fresh Air • Exercise • Adventure
Playgrounds, Play Structures & Picnic Tables are restricted areas that remain closed.

City Parks and Public Trails Currently Open for Enjoyment!

- City Parks, including Arcata Skate Park
- Arcata Community Forest
- Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary
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- Basketball, Futsal, Bocce Courts • 
   open to single or single-household use
- Tennis and Pickleball Courts • 
   open to single-use only

• Maintain recommended physical distance (6 feet) from people outside of your household.
Children must be supervised at all times.
• Do not gather in groups outside of your household.
• Wear a mask in public (for those two years and older).

Community Forest and Marsh visitors are highly encouraged to walk or ride bicycles to avoid parking lot gatherings as much as possible.

Portable Toilets and Drinking Water Fountains continue to be available and serviced per usual. (see Parks & Playgrounds map)

We strive to keep you updated with new information as we move through this pandemic together.
City's daily COVID-19 updates: CLICK HERE

The City of Arcata has numerous parks, playgrounds and sports fields. No matter what your outdoor interests are, you can find a day of fun at any one of our park locations. Whether it's barbecuing at Redwood Park, climbing the rock wall at Arcata Community Park, shooting hoops at Stewart Park or soccer at the Arcata Sports Complex, there is plenty of fun to be had.

The Parks Division also maintains all government buildings. The Parks Division budget includes expenditures associated with the operation, maintenance, capital improvement and program support of 12 buildings totaling 100,000 square feet. The goal of the Building Maintenance group is to provide safe, usable and energy efficient facilities to the general public and its employees on a daily basis.

Park Map

Check out our map of Arcata Parks and Playgrounds (PDF) to find the park location nearest you!


The Division is currently focused on the renovations of:
  • Redwood Park
  • Shay Park
  • Carlson Park


Our dedicated and hardworking Parks Maintenance Staff is committed to providing you with top-notch, well-maintained parks, playgrounds and sports fields. In keeping with Arcata’s commitment to the health of our citizens and the environment, the parks and sports fields are all managed without the use of pesticides.