Parks & Trails

  • The Arcata Community Forest and the Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary are experiencing high volumes of visitors since the stay at home orders have been in place. Although the statewide shelter-in-place order permits people to go outside for fresh air and exercise, both state and local governments have been shutting down overcrowded public spaces, and Governor Newsom announced that many state park and beach parking lots will close to prevent overcrowding. 

  • The City would like community members to continue to be able to enjoy pubic trails during this time, and Community Forest and Marsh visitors are highly encouraged to walk or ride bicycles to avoid parking lot gathering much as possible.

  • Arcata City playgrounds, the Arcata Skate Park and City basketball, tennis and other playing courts are closed until further notice.

At this time the Health Order does not have an end date.

For more information related impacts and City responses to COVID 19 in our area, go the City’s website: CLICK HERE.

The City of Arcata has numerous parks, playgrounds and sports fields. No matter what your outdoor interests are, you can find a day of fun at any one of our park locations. Whether it's barbecuing at Redwood Park, climbing the rock wall at Arcata Community Park, shooting hoops at Stewart Park or soccer at the Arcata Sports Complex, there is plenty of fun to be had.

The Parks Division also maintains all government buildings. The Parks Division budget includes expenditures associated with the operation, maintenance, capital improvement and program support of 12 buildings totaling 100,000 square feet. The goal of the Building Maintenance group is to provide safe, usable and energy efficient facilities to the general public and its employees on a daily basis.

Park Map

Check out our map of Arcata Parks and Playgrounds (PDF) to find the park location nearest you!


The Division is currently focused on the renovations of:
  • Redwood Park
  • Shay Park
  • Carlson Park


Our dedicated and hardworking Parks Maintenance Staff is committed to providing you with top-notch, well-maintained parks, playgrounds and sports fields. In keeping with Arcata’s commitment to the health of our citizens and the environment, the parks and sports fields are all managed without the use of pesticides.