Cooper Gulch Improvements

Grant Update

On 12/9/21 CA State Parks announced the awardees for the Prop 68 Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program. This opportunity was highly competitive, and unfortunately this project was not selected for funding and City staff will continue to pursue funding opportunities for this master plan. Thank you to everyone who helped provide input on this project and we look forward to when this project comes to fruition when new funding is secured.

Community Input Results in New Design &

Grant Request for Cooper Gulch Park

The City of Eureka is excited to announce its application for the Prop 68: Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program. This funding opportunity helps fund park projects in critically underserved communities. The city is working hard to improve all city parks with the focus of this grant application being to revitalize Cooper Gulch Park.

A robust community input process took place from October 2020-February 2021 with the support of neighborhood community group, Cooper Gulch Common Grounds. We would like to thank the countless individuals who attended the meetings and responded to the survey, along with those who reached out directly with their input. The conceptual design now available for your viewing is a direction reflection of this community engagement.  Click on the image below for a larger view.   



This process resulted in a grant request for $8.4 million for the following park improvements:

• Construction of two new, accessible playgrounds for ages 2-12 including a fenced area designated for ages 2-5

• New ADA accessible restroom featuring low-flow toilets and LED lighting

• The existing ballfields will be renovated to be multi-use field supporting baseball, softball, soccer, and special events and will include, new bleachers, new dugout, new scorer’s table, and drainage improvements to extend the fields usable season

•A universally accessible loop trail will be added to the park, curving through and around the park to support jogging, walking, bicycles, strollers, and skateboards

• Upgraded recreational trails throughout the park including upgraded neighborhood entrances and a new entrance at 14th Street

• Group picnic/barbeque area including new picnic tables and ADA accessible tables, and picnic areas throughout the park

• New native plants and trees and creation of rain garden/bioswale to divert Park and parking runoff

• A rentable concession stand

• Outdoor environmental classroom to support educational and performance opportunities

• Outdoor fitness equipment along trails

• Upgrade and improve irrigation for the Park

• The community center will be renovated to be more energy and resource efficient and provide diverse programming opportunities for all ages and abilities

• Disc golf course will be renovated with new baskets, launch pads, safety and shared signage, and paths

• Parking improvements including ADA access and rain gardens/bioswales to manage stormwater 

• Lighting will be improved throughout the Park to allow for extended nighttime use and to increase public safety

A notice of award should occur in Fall 2021 should this project receive funding. Due to the success of the 20/30 Park grant award of $6.3 million from the previous Prop 68 grant cycle, which is currently being designed this summer, our city is well positioned to again be successful in this competitive grant program. 

We would like to thank all of our community partners who made this project proposal possible:

Cooper Gulch Common Grounds

Humboldt County Library

Humboldt County Office of Education

Wiyot Tribe

National Parks Service

Humboldt Trails Council

Eureka High School

Redwood Community Action Agency

Tri-County Independent Living

Silvercrest Assisted Living

A big THANK YOU to everyone that took the survey and shared their thoughts about Cooper Gulch Park improvements!

The survey is now closed.

Haga clic en la imagen a continuación para realizar la encuesta.


Can’t take the survey online? Call the Humboldt County Library at 707-269-1915 (11AM-4PM Tues-Sat) and request a paper survey for curbside pickup.

Not sure where Cooper Gulch Park is located?  See map below.

Special thanks to our Community Partners:
Cooper Gulch Common Grounds, Empower Eureka, Eureka High School, Humboldt Trails Council,, Humboldt County Library - Eureka  Main Branch, Humboldt County Office of Education, Tri-County Independent Living - Eureka, Redwood Community Action Agency RCAA & Humboldt Trails Council Volunteer Trail Stewards

Not able to make a meeting? 

Share your thoughts about improvements that you would like to see at Cooper Gulch.

Click on the image below to email your ideas to City staff.


Click on the image below for a larger view.

Zoom Meeting Links

October 22, 2020 from 6:15pm - 8:15pm

To join this Zoom Meeting use the link below.

>> Enter Meeting ID: 840 9712 3813

Or use: One tap mobile
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+14086380968,,84097123813# US (San Jose)

Or: Dial by your location
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)


October 27, 2020 from 10am - 12pm

To join this Zoom Meeting use the link below.

>> Enter Meeting ID: 872 4949 6860

Or use: One tap mobile
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Or: Dial by your location
+1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)

Project Partners:

Do you or someone you know need help accessing the internet for the Zoom meetings?  

Visit a library parking lot! Wireless is available at all Humboldt County Libraries outside in the parking lot. Most people find they can use wireless easily, even from their car. (Distances may vary depending on your device and the library in question.)

9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Free Wi-Fi Tuesday through Saturday in every Humboldt County Library Branch Parking Lot.

Cooper Gulch Vision Plan

The City of Eureka and Cooper Gulch Common Grounds (CGCG) have collaborated to make a Vision Plan for Cooper Gulch.  

To view the vision plan for Cooper Gulch, please click here.

The City of Eureka applied for the Green Infrastructure Program Grant from the California Natural Resources Agency  in 2019. This funding opportunity was very competitive, and unfortunately the project did not receive funding. Stay tuned for future funding opportunities for this park.

Click here to view the Cooper Gulch Regional Trail Access and Habitat Restoration Project Site Map for Green Infrastructure Grant.