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SHCP Community Design Charrette 2002

The Southern Humboldt Community Park was acquired for the community to use and enjoy. Our goal is for SHCP to become a hub for community activities. The SHCP is currently working with the Humboldt County Planning Department to rezone the property appropriately for community use while maintaining most agricultural acreage. One change we are seeking is from a land use designation of Agricultural Residential 5-20-acres and Agricultural Lands 20-acres to a Public Recreation land use designation. This change will eliminate the possibility of future subdivision of the property into 5- to 20-acre residential parcels and make possible the recreational infrastructure and activities we envision.

While our application calls for about 300 acres of the Park to remain Ag-Exclusive, we want to change approximately 96 acres to a Public Facilities zoning to make possible the recreational and other infrastructure we envision for the Park in the future. (For more on the rezoning, see Carol Van Sant's articles on the topic on our Communications and Updates page, or review our application, linked on the Documents Library page.)

A variety of advocate groups are working with the Park's Board of Directors to accomplish all the planning and studies required to accomplish this rezoning, so that we can establish community-driven projects on Park land. Once completed, the rezoning will allow for many events including retreats, hobby clubs, weddings, memorials, meetings and fundraising events for many non-profit organizations to take place regularly at the Park.

Soon it will be possible for community members or groups to utilize the Park for a variety of different projects or activities. Those individuals or groups will be able to propose a project to the Board of Directors for review. Our vision is that the individual or group will then be responsible for all aspects of their project including planning, implementing, and maintaining their project. As a general rule, the Park's goal is to minimize its role in implementing projects. The Board of Directors is focused on acquisition of the land, providing basic infrastructure and Park administration.

Day Use and Group Events at the Park

There are no fees for ordinary everyday use of the park by individuals.

If you would like to host a group event at the Park, please note that there is a small day-use fee. These fees are used to help the park cover the additional costs incurred by group use. Those who cannot afford to pay will not be turned away for events like birthday parties and (no-alcohol) family gatherings.

Day Use Information and Rate Structure for Tooby Park (pdf)

Contact (707) 923-2287 for more information.

(Recent events have led the board to establish a moratorium on all but the most modest low-impact activities until current uncertainties with regards to County zoning and permitting procedures can be resolved.)


Guide for Projects at the Park

(Project development is on hold pending rezoning, but for long-term planning purposes you may find this section useful.)

Do you have an idea for an activity or project that you would like to have at the Southern Humboldt Community Park? Please read the SHCP Guidelines for Park Use Advocates. SHCP's guidelines are designed to help you bring your project into being. The guide gives you information about the procedures to creating and implementing a project at the Community Park. 

SHCP Guidelines for Park Use Advocates (pdf)

Contact (707) 923-2287 for more information.

Keeping the Community Informed

Community Meetings

February 23, 2010 at the Sanderson Building (Garberville)

January 25, 2010 at G'ville Civic Club: Neighbors Meeting

May 5, 2009 at Community Park Barn
Meeting Outcomes/Report

March 18, 2009 at Redway School
Meeting Outcomes/Report

Feb. 24, 2009 at Mateel Community Center
Meeting Outcomes/Report

Summary of Community Workshops-September 2002
Summary of written outcomes from three workshops designed to encourage community engagement in planning for the new Southern Humboldt Community Park. The workshops were built upon two previous workshops (Aug. 2001 and Jan. 2002).


Meadow Loop Trail Grand Opening and BBQ


Board Meetings

The board meets as needed, usually monthy. We have held the following public board meetings:

March 4, 2009 / Healy Center

July 15, 2009  / Community Park Barn

March 17, 2010 / Sanderson Building, Garberville

May 19, 2010 / Community Park Barn

August 18, 2010 / Community Park Barn

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Garberville, CA 95542