Annie & Mary Trail Connectivity Project

Conceptual at Frank Martin Ct

Final Mitigated Negative Declaration and Mitigation, Monitoring and Reporting Program Adopted

On December 21, 2022 the Arcata City Council adopted the final mitigated negative declaration and mitigation, monitoring and reporting program for the Arcata Annie & Mary Trail Connectivity Project. The City anticipates receiving the allocation of funding for design and right-of-way phases for this project in late January.

Final Arcata Annie & Mary Trail ISMND.

The City and its partners are now initiating the design and right-of-way phases for the project in summer 2023. There will be opportunities for community engagement in the trail design in the next year and a half. Construction of the trail is anticipated to commence in 2025.

Release of Public Draft Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Arcata Annie & Mary Trail Connectivity Project

The City of Arcata intends to adopt a mitigated negative declaration as part of the environmental compliance phase of the Arcata Annie & Mary Trail project. The City has prepared a public draft Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration for the project which is available for review and commenting. The document analyzes potential environmental impacts of a multi-use trail within the project area focused along the rail corridor between Sunset Avenue and Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District’s Park 1 on West End Road. You can access the document and associated figures via the links below.

The City will accept comments on the Draft Initial Study-Mitigated Negative Declaration from November 2 until December 2, consistent with Section 15105 of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Public comments on the IS/MND can be submitted to the City by letter (for mail or hand delivery) to Environmental Services Department located at 736 F Street, Arcata, CA 95521 or email .  

Location map Annie Mary Trail 02.22

Annie & Mary Trail Project Report, February 2020



Project Summary

In 2021 the City of Arcata received a $5.3 million grant award from the state Active Transportation Program for design, environmental compliance and construction of this 3.3 mile Class I trail between the Arcata Skatepark, northern Arcata neighborhoods, and the Mad River. The preliminary design and environmental compliance phase will commence in fall 2021 with a project team including the City of Arcata, County of Humboldt, Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District, Caltrans, and a consultant team of GHD, SHN, DZC Archaeology & Cultural Resource Management. Stay tuned for updates on the project progress and community input opportunities. 

Between 2018-2019 the City utilized funding from the Caltrans Sustainable Communities Program to plan the next section of multi-use trail in Arcata, which will connect the Sunset Avenue/Larson Park area to Valley West, West End Road area and Aldergrove Industrial Park. The grant supported public outreach and planning activities to identify potential alignments, improve safety over the Sunset Avenue and Giuntoli overpasses, and connections to the trail from neighborhoods and business areas. The community outreach activities included walking tours of the area, working closely with schools and families, interactive public workshops, and support from a team of knowledgeable engineers and planners throughout the planning process.

The Arcata Annie & Mary Trail Connectivity Project involved an assessment of current opportunities and constraints for walking and biking between downtown Arcata, the Valley West neighborhood, and Cal Poly Humboldt; robust public participation; and development of concept design alternatives for a trail and/or on-street facilities for safe walking and biking connectivity between these important community destinations. The final report of this study included: 

  • Three concept alternatives for walking and biking connectivity within the project area
  • Avenues for potential future funding for the project implementation
  • Support for the City’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase mode share by walking and biking consistent with the City’s Bike and Pedestrian Plan, Humboldt Regional Bicycle Plan, and the Humboldt County Association of Government’s Regional Transportation Plan VROOM (2014), and ensure equity in transportation

Resident, student, and local business participation was integral to the success of this project. The project team of the City of Arcata, Redwood Community Action Agency, TrailPeople and SHN conducted public outreach efforts to engage the community and received input to understand the diverse needs of the community and solicited input on the development of the alternatives.

Link to PDF of Project Area Map

Overall Project Objective

Completion of an Arcata Annie & Mary Trail Connectivity Plan to identify options for enhanced safety and connectivity for walking and biking between Valley West, Cal Poly Humboldt, downtown Arcata, and to the future Annie & Mary Trail.

Project Goals

  1. Enhanced Safety & Connectivity
    • Enhanced safety for all modes traveling between Valley West, West End Road, Aldergrove Industrial Park, downtown and Cal Poly Humboldt
  2. Robust Community Engagement
    • Robust engagement of diverse Arcata residents, students, businesses and community organizations through public workshops, small group walking tours, one-on-one engagement, visual preference surveys and online engagement
    • Consideration of environmental justice in the planning process so that all residents have an opportunity for meaningful involvement with respect to the environment and community health outcomes
    • Involvement of school-aged youth in providing input and feedback on pedestrian and cyclist needs (e.g. Laurel Tree Charter School, Six Rivers Montessori)
  3. Environmental & Community Benefits
    • Reduction of greenhouse gases through improved safety for and encouragement of non-motorized transportation modes
    • Increased commuting by walking and bicycling within the City
  4. Enhanced Trail Design
    • Identification of three conceptual design alternatives for walking and biking connectivity within the project area
    • Utilization of best practices in context-sensitive "complete streets" design for small town streetscapes
    • Application of low-impact development design features where possible
    • Identification of priority project components for further study and implementation
  5. Preparation for Trail Implementation
    • Identification of potential implementation funding sources
    • Preparation of design plans ready for final engineering