Do I need to have a reservation to use a city park?
Not necessarily. Most city parks are open to the general public for use, however, if you would like to reserve a location we offer facility rentals for birthday parties and events. Available facilities include Larson Park Gazebo and/or Bocce Courts and the picnic area in Redwood Park.

The following conditions will require a reservation or permit:
1. Non-spontaneous large-group activities consisting of 50 or more persons
2. The charging of an admission or entrance fee
3. The use of City facilities not ordinarily available for public use
4. Regularly occurring organized team or league use of City sports fields or courts
5. The sale of merchandise, food or beverages
6. The setting up of booths, stages, vending carts or stands, kiosks, bleachers or similar structures
7. The barricading of any City street or other street use that would impede the normal flow of traffic
8. Amplified music or sound
9. The need for access to City electricity
10. The need for garbage collection specific to the activity or event
11. The staging or shooting of commercial, motion or television pictures, or still photography, exempting local businesses and tourism productions, as further defined by the City Council, when such activities do not otherwise require a City permit.

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1. How do I register for a program?
2. Do you have a program for young children that promotes socialization?
3. Does the City of Arcata have 65+ programming?
4. Are there sport leagues in Arcata?
5. What is a “drop-in” program and how does this work?
6. Where can I play tennis in the City of Arcata?
7. Does the City of Arcata have a skate park?
8. How do I know if I am qualified as a resident of Arcata?
9. What indoor facilities does the City rent?
10. How do I make a reservation?
11. Do I need to have a reservation to use a city park?
12. How can I reserve a park or Arcata Plaza for a special event?
13. What are the City Park hours?
14. Where can I find maps of City parks and open spaces?
15. Where can I find more information on Arcata's natural habitat?
16. How do I get involved with the farm or community garden at Bayside Park?
17. How can I become an instructor for a recreational class?
18. How do I become a Volunteer Trail Steward?
19. How do I report broken equipment or unsafe conditions at a playground or facility?
20. Who should I call if the skate park gate is locked during normal hours?