Plaza Improvement Task Force 2018/2019


Regular 2018/2019 Plaza Improvement Task Force meetings will begin once all members have been appointed.

About The Task Force

The 2018/2019 Plaza Improvement Task Force has been created to identify, prioritize and make recommendations to the City Council on projects and programs that would improve the downtown Plaza neighborhood.

The Arcata Plaza serves as the epicenter of the community and as the economic hub for Arcata businesses. Shoppers, employees, merchants, tourists, students and families who visit Arcata all take away impressions of our community based on their experiences in the Plaza, and in recent years, the Plaza has seen an increase in aggressive interactions and calls for police service. Based on community outreach and concerns, Arcata City Council created the 2018/2019 Plaza Improvement Task Force to help restore the Arcata Plaza as the centerpiece of the Arcata community.

The 2018/2019 Plaza Improvement Task Force will primarily focus on general safety, economic development, infrastructure improvements, beautification and an increase of Plaza-based community activities. Members of the Task Force will also collaborate with key stakeholders and residents to identify priority projects and programs to increase public use and reduce calls for police service. 

Meetings & Agendas

Once all members are appointed, the 2018/2019 Plaza Improvement Task Force will hold regular monthly meetings beginning as early as July 2018, and Task Force duties will on conclude on Friday, April 5, 2019, upon delivery of their final report unless extended by the City Council.

Task Force Members

The Task Force will consist of 9 members, with 4 members being appointed by Arcata City Committees including the Parks & Recreation Committee, Economic Development Committee, Transportation Safety Committee and Public Safety Committee. In addition, one member will be appointed by and serve as a representative of the Arcata Chamber of Commerce and another will be appointed by and serve as a representative of Arcata Main Street.

The City of Arcata is currently seeking applications for the 3 remaining at-large members of the Task Force. All interested community members are encouraged to apply, especially those who are currently involved in Plaza engagement groups. See current vacancies and residency qualifications. 

Applications must be turned in to the City Manager’s Office at City Hall, located at 736 F Street in Arcata and will be accepted until all positions are filled.