This July, Arcata’s Recreation Division is celebrating Parks and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), and all the ways parks and recreation has the power to transform our daily lives. From providing us places to play, get fit and stay healthy to fostering new relationships and forging a connection with nature, our close-to-home community park and recreation facilities and programs provide essential services and improve quality of life.
For youth between 6- to 14-years-old, there are still spaces in Arcata Recreation’s quality summer camps that continue through August. Dance Camp, Theater Camp, Skate Camp and Girls Shred Camp are all great chances for kids to be physically active, unplug from technology, learn social skills, experience success and become more confident—things that will benefit them long after they’ve outgrown their play clothes and sneakers.
For kids and adults, Arcata Recreation offers drop-in classes at the Arcata Community Center. For just $3 a session, you can join others with a love for badminton, basketball, singing, hula, pickle ball, table tennis, ukulele and volleyball. Even when a busy schedule makes commitment to a weekly class impossible, you can still pick up a new hobby, meet your neighbors and have some fun. Check out Arcata Recreation’s drop-in calendar.
A recent NRPA study found that 9 out of 10 Americans walk for fun. Their favorite places to walk? Local parks, along beaches and rivers and neighborhood sidewalks. Arcata residents and visitors have access to 20 miles of well-maintained trails in the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary and the Arcata Community Forest. The soon-to-be-completed Arcata Ridge Trail will add five more miles of easily accessible hiking opportunities to the walker’s menu.
“Arcata’s parks, and trails offer wonderful opportunities for everyone to have fun with families and friends. Getting out and playing, walking or being active in other ways builds community and individual relationships as well as muscle,” says Arcata’s Deputy Director for Environmental Services/Community Services Julie Neander. “During this July’s Parks and Recreation month we hope you will be able to enjoy Arcata’s many parks, as well as the trails through the Community and Sunny Brae Forest and the Arcata Marsh.”
The City of Arcata manages 30 open spaces, a total of 110 acres of community and neighborhood parks, sports fields, an organic farm and community garden, tennis courts, a skateboard facility and the downtown Plaza. No matter what your outdoor interests are, there is plenty of fun to be had. For more information on different ways to get out and play during Parks and Recreation month, visit www.cityofarcata.org/rec.