Southern Humboldt Community Park
This month’s Member Spotlight is on the Southern Humboldt Community Park
The Southern Humboldt Community Park encompasses 462 acres of beautiful land just southwest of Garberville and along the scenic South Fork of the Eel River. The organization was incorporated as a non-profit in 2002 and, with the help of various grants and donations, has improved the land to include several miles of hiking and biking trails, a 9-hole disc golf course, a labyrinth, Tooby Memorial playground, and a lovely space developed for events. And they have plans for so much more!
The Community Park is also home to a working farm, a well-stocked farm stand, a 10-acre vineyard and various livestock. The Community Park has been an advocate for local food security in our area for over 9 years. Not only do they offer the freshest produce and eggs, they also work with CalFresh to make sure that food gets to the bellies that need it most. They additionally do outreach work with other local organizations including our local Food Pantry, the Healy Senior Center and Community Cornerstone.
The Park relies heavily on the donations of park users and local residents. Iron rangers throughout the park will happily accept your donation. Be generous! The Park is currently in the middle of a big fund drive in collaboration with Chautauqua Natural Foods who will be matching donations up to $10,000. The fund drive includes a Scavenger Hunt; check out their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheSoHumPark/photos/a.369563056400674/3565976670092614/) for more details on how to support the Community Park and be entered to win a basket of bounty from Chautauqua.
Truly a treasure in our rural area, the Southern Humboldt Community Park benefits the people and communities of the north coast by helping to protect our area’s scenic beauty and rural heritage. The Park’s work to conserve these natural resources while providing a place for community gatherings will have significant benefits for generations to come. So, get on down to the Park: enjoy a walk through the labyrinth, buy a fresh, delicious watermelon and drop a few dollars their way.
We believe the inherent beauty and value of the natural landscape is tied to our cultural history and weaves vitality and meaning into the fabric of our daily lives. We have acquired 430 acres of meadow, forest and historic ranch structures alongside the Eel River to establish a regional park. Our goal is to create opportunities for recreation, culture, agriculture, education and celebration and to ensure the enjoyment of this rich, diverse land for generations to come and to conserve the Park’s scenic, historic and natural resources.
Initially founded under the umbrella of the Southern Humboldt Working Together, the Southern Humboldt Community Park (SHCP) incorporated as its own 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in March of 2002.
Our Non-profit Purpose:
To own, operate and maintain one or more parks for the benefit of the Southern Humboldt Community, its visitors and guests.