Parks & Recreation Committee

Meetings


  • 6 p.m.
  • Meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month
  • Arcata City Council Chamber
    736 F Street
    Arcata, CA 95521
Members
  • Nancy Starck, Chair
    Term expires: 2019
  • Zane Brotherton
    Term expires: 2017
  • Deborah Coles
    Term expires: 2018
  • Sheldon Heath
    Term expires: 2018
  • Calder Johnson
    Term expires: 2018

  • Steven Martin
    Term expires: 2018
  • Jayne McGuire
    Term expires: 2017
  • Julie Neander, Environmental Services, Staff Liaison

Overview


The Parks and Recreation Committee was established in 1999, by the adoption of Ordinance Number 1292, which replaced the Parks and Recreation Commission established by Ordinance Number 636. The Committee's primary function is to advise the City Council and commissions on matters pertaining to public recreation, parklands, local and regional trails, art, literature, music and other related activities; to establish user rental fee schedules, rules and regulations for use of parks, sports fields and public facilities; and to make recommendations for acquisition, development and improvement of parklands and recreational areas. The Parks and Recreation Committee’s powers and duties are outlined in Arcata Municipal Code Sections 2231 to 2233.

The Parks and Recreation Committee consists of 7 members who have interest, knowledge or experience in recreational activities and parkland development. Of the 7 members, 5 must live within Arcata City Limits (PDF) and 2 may live or work in the Arcata Planning Area. See current vacancies and residency qualifications.

Powers & Duties


The powers and duties of the Parks and Recreation Committee are as specified in the Arcata Municipal Code, Sections 2231 to 2233. These powers and duties are outlined as follows:
  • To serve in an advisory capacity to the Council, Commissions or City staff, as appropriate, on matters pertaining to public recreation, parklands, local and regional trails and related facilities
  • To serve in an advisory capacity to the Council and City staff on matters pertaining to art, literature, music, theatre and other related activities
  • To recommend to the Council and City staff the acceptance or rejection of offers of donations of money, personal property and real property to be used for recreation, cultural arts or parkland purposes
  • To serve in an advisory capacity to the Council and City staff with respect to the establishment of user/rental fee schedules for parks, sports fields and public facilities
  • To resolve differences and seek solutions to scheduling and use conflicts of City recreational facilities
  • To establish rules and regulations for use and improvement of public parklands, recreation areas, squares and grounds, including playgrounds, concessions and recreational and related facilities and programs installed and maintained therein
  • To serve in an advisory capacity to the Council and City staff with respect to policies for the acquisition, development and improvement of parklands and recreational areas
  • To recommend to the Council a comprehensive recreation and parkland use program based on the needs and interest of the community to assure and stimulate public interest and to solicit to the fullest extent the cooperation of schools, local youth and public and private agencies

Annual Reports to the Council


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