Valley West 

About Valley West

Valley West is a community of Arcata divided by Highway 101 and includes the west side of the freeway, the Lazy J Ranch Mobile Home park, the Chamber of Commerce, Toni's, the Bureau of Land Management as well as all of Giuntoli Lane all the way to Boyd road. Valley West is home to a shopping center, hotels, motels, and fast-food restaurants. It also is home to a large portion of Arcata's Latinx population and student residents. This part of the Arcata community is undergoing projects in order to revitalize connections to the main hub of Arcata as well as build upon the community connections already established.


Comunidad Unida del Norte de Arcata/Community United of North Arcata (CUNA) is a project of Playhouse Arts. Their purpose is to build collaboration and community engagement to "collectively work towards building a better represented Valley West."

After a successful first year, Playhouse Arts and CUNA will continue to oversee and collaborate with community events in the Valley West community for the next two years. There are strides in establishing connections with service providers in the Humboldt County region to coincide with a planned resource center in the future such as collaborating with North Coast Children's Services and the OpenDoor clinics. 

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Upcoming Community Events

Free Community BBQ

Sunday, September 3rd 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Valley West Park on 1304 Hallen Dr.

CUNA is excited to provide a free BBQ to the community to close out the summer! Join CUNA to welcome new and returning Cal Poly Humboldt students, West Village Studios residents, and residents of The Grove! There will be games, activities, music and, of course, free food!

CUNA BBQ Flyer in EnglishCUNA BBQ Flyer in Spanish

Past Community Events

Valley West Tianguis Latinx Flea Market

Saturday, July 15th 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Carlson Park Dr. Mad River Park Way off Giuntoli

CUNA hosted a Tianguis (Latinx Style Flea Market) on Saturday, July 15th at Valley West’s Carlson Park at the Mad River Parkway off Giuntoli lane. Artists, artisans, crafters, food vendors, will sold their wares at Humboldt County’s second ever Tianguis!

2023 CUNA Tianguis Event Flyer

Free Bike Rodeo

Sunday, August 28,2022

Valley West’s Carlson Park at the Mad River Parkway off Giuntoli lane

First time in nearly three years, the City of Arcata in partnership with CUNA and CUMBRE Humboldt hosted a FREE BIKE RODEO for ALL ages on Sunday, August 28th at Valley West’s Carlson Park. It was a great success and many turned out for  activities to include obstacle courses, education, safety demonstrations, entertainment, food trucks, raffle prizes and more!

bike rodeoobike rodeoo

Community BBQ

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Valley West Park off Hallen Drive

BBQ Valley West

Neighborhood Cleanups

On July 9, 2021, CUNA adopted the entrance to Carlson Park as part of the City of Arcata's Adopt-A-Park program. This is the first step into making the park a more viable space for the community, setting the stage for beautification projects in the Valley West community. The space, in particular, is becoming a common space for community events. You can join us at our “Clean the Sidewalk” event on the 1st Sunday of each month from 9-11am.

Clean the Sidewalks Flyer in English

Clean the Sidewalks Flyer in Spanish

Visit CUNA's page on Cooperation Humboldt for more upcoming events in the Valley West and the surrounding area:

How to Get Involved

To volunteer, please call Kimberley at (707) 633-3867 or Eibar at (707) 633-8802 (Español) or email   

Volunteers can sign-up on the same day as the clean-up event. For more information on volunteering, visit CUNA's website at 

A bilingual newsletter, in English and Spanish, has been created as a localized outlet for the Valley West/North Arcata community to update residents on events, highlight businesses, keep residents apprised of the goings on and to bring the community together. You will find our first newsletter here CUNA Newsletter and stay tuned for more newsletters to come. 


CUNA Co-coordinators: Kimberley White, Eibar Romero, and Laura Muñoz. For questions, comments, or for more information call (707) 633-3867 (English) or (707) 633-8802 (español) or email us at