Environmental Impact Report

We’re So Close!

It is more than a decade since the Southern Humboldt community was inspired to come together to secure this incredible piece of property and create a Community Park, a unique and valuable legacy for future generations. The community made significant contributions for the purchase of the land and historic buildings, and it is nearly paid for.  Now it is time to complete the rezoning and allow the Park to open its gates to the future.

At the present time, the Park has a limited temporary agreement with the Humboldt County Planning Department that allows daily public access for low-impact activities – such as walking, biking, equestrian riding and, with special permission, an occasional organized activity.

In order for the Southern Humboldt Community Park to fulfill its mission, it is necessary to rezone 87 acres from Agriculture Exclusive (AE) to Public Facilities (PF) and change the land use designation for all 400 acres from Agriculture Residential (AR) 5-20 and Agriculture Land (AL) 20 to Public Recreation (PR). Approximately 320 acres will remain in Agriculture Exclusive.

The 87 acre Public Facilities zone will remain mostly a natural area combined with agricultural uses. Within this zone spaces could be defined where people could come together for public gathering such as celebrations, events, workshops, fundraisers, weddings and organized sports and sporting events.

The change in land use designation to Public Recreation will protect the land from future subdivision and allow the low-impact activities to continue on the acreage zoned Agricultural Exclusive as well as the 87 acres with the new zoning of Public Facilities.

The Park board has commissioned numerous studies by qualified, certificated experts covering a variety of topics, including sound, geology, biology, cultural and historic resources, wetlands, agriculture and soils. It has been more than a five year process of drafting an Environmental Impact Report for the Southern Humboldt Community Park’s zone change of 87 acres from Agriculture Exclusive use to Public Recreation is complete!

You can view our released EIR here. (Please note that this is a very large file)

Map of Proposed Changes (PDF)

Now we need your support for the County Board of Supervisors approval of the zone change. This decision will make it possible for Southern Humboldt to finally have recreational amenities such as sports fields, improved walking, hiking and biking trail systems, dedicated areas with on site parking and public facilities for hosting special events and cultural events such as the annual Easter Egg Hunt!

How you can help

In little more than a decade, the people of SoHum have acquired and now maintain over 400 acres which offer over three miles of multi-use trails, a playground and picnic area, other recreational features, valuable wildlife habitat and an organic farm. Although the road to creating a multi-service regional park has many twists and turns, the Southern Humboldt community can be very proud of what it has accomplished. There are many ways community members can continue to help build this legacy for the future.

Make a contribution:  to the general fund, or a dedicated donation for EIR and rezoning, maintenance, Tooby Playground or staffing.

Identify a need and work with the Park to fill it: Participate in Park work days, skate board ramp maintenance, memorial benches, labyrinth maintenance, Tooby Playground Dad’s Club, volunteer at the Farm or events, or YOUR idea.

Be an advocate for the Park: with your friends and neighbors, in letters to the editor, in correspondence and meetings with officials, “like” the Park on Facebook.

Use the Park! Walk or ride the trails. Enjoy the playground, the labyrinth, bird watching, disc golf or the skate ramp.  Hold your family gatherings and other events at Tooby.

Send a Letter of Support to our local County Supervisors! Let the county know how valuable to Park is to our community by contacting your representatives at the County Board of Supervisors. Send an email, a letter of support or call! This link will provide you with letter that can be used as a template, but feel free to adapt it or develop your own.

Board of Supervisors
825 5th Street, Room 111
Eureka, CA 95501

2nd District Supervisor: Estelle Fennell
Direct line: (707) 476-2392
efennell@co.humboldt.ca.us

1st District Supervisor: Rex Bohn
Direct line: (707) 476-2391
rbohn@co.humboldt.ca.us

3rd District Supervisor: Mark Lovelace
Direct line: (707) 476-2393
mlovelace@co.humboldt.ca.us

4th District Supervisor: Virginia Bass
Direct line: (707) 476-2394
vbass@co.humboldt.ca.us

5th District Supervisor: Ryan Sundberg
Direct line: (707) 476-2395
rsundberg@co.humboldt.ca.us

SoHum Community Park is in its infancy. The seeds the community plants now, both literally and figuratively, can provide shade, shelter, food, recreation and culture to our grandchildren’s grandchildren.

Contact the Park by calling 707-923-2928. Donations may be mailed to SHCP, P.O. Box 185, Garberville, CA 95542 or deposited in the Park’s Donation account at the Community Credit Union of Southern Humboldt in Garberville.