Sequoia Park Improvements - Old Growth, New Adventures

Sequoia Park Playground Improvement Fund at Humboldt Area Foundation


Sequoia Park “Phase 1” Playground Ribbon Cutting

The City of Eureka will be having a ribbon cutting for the newly complete Phase 1 playground at Sequoia Park on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 12pm. The funding for this new playground came from a Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant which provided funds for both this project and the Redwood Sky Walk at the Sequoia Park Zoo. This new playground is known as “Phase 1” of the Sequoia Park Improvement Project- Old Growth, New Adventures.

New improvements to be unveiled include new ADA parking and pathways, ADA restrooms, safety fencing, entry signage, and a playground for ages 5-12 including climbing, swinging, spinning, and balance features.

Additional park improvements are unfunded at this time with donations being accepted for Phase 2 and 3 through a Humboldt Area Foundation Fund available online here: www.ILoveSequoiaPark.com.


SPECIAL SEQUOIA PARK ANNOUNCEMENT

Parks are undeniably the fabric of our community, providing a community meeting space to forge connections, access the benefits of health & wellness, and connect with the beauty of our natural world. Sequoia Park has provided this to our community since 1894, and we are very excited to unveil the details for the Sequoia Park Improvement Project to ensure it continues to provide these benefits for generations to come.

As you may have noticed, there is construction activity currently underway at Sequoia Park. This is Phase 1 in the works (the green section on the map below), made possible due to a competitive grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for the Redwood Sky Walk and park improvement funds. The northeast corner is receiving improvements first due to the close proximity to the Redwood Sky Walk and meeting grant requirements including ADA access, roadway improvements, and diverse play elements.

How did this come to fruition?

In 2017-2018, an extensive community input process was conducted with an outpouring of community support and feedback, made possible by Redwood Capital Bank who provided the funds for Greenway Partners to create preliminary designs. A community fundraising campaign will be launching soon to carry the remaining phases to the finish line.

Why is this project so important?

Community feedback has indicated that outdated and broken amenities such as old restrooms and playground equipment are in dire need of replacement. Furthermore, there is limited ADA access in and around the park which limits the ability for all to enjoy this special space. The beloved open green space will be improved with new grass and irrigation for lounging in the sun and playing games as our community has enjoyed for over a century. The swings will be updated with more seating options including the addition of inclusive seats and a seat where you can sit across from your child! All improvements were carefully vetted to ensure this project enhances what is loved, restores what is broken, and provides what is missing.

Park use during construction:

Construction will be active over the next few months. Please respect safety fencing and the construction crew as they are hard at work. If you have any concerns or questions, they are best directed to the Eureka Community Services Department rather than on-site contractors. You can reach us at 707-441-4241 or by email at recreation@ci.eureka.ca.gov.

Click on the map below to view a larger version.


“Old Growth, New Adventures”

Sequoia Park Receives $1.5 million in California State Parks,

Land and Water Conservation Funds!

California State Parks recommended Eureka’s Sequoia Park Playground and Trails for Land and Water Conservation funding (LWCF) in the amount of $1.5 million. For the 2018/19 cycle, California State Parks received 68 applications requesting $80 million in funding. With only $11.3 available, 7 projects were funded and Eureka made the cut! 

The goals of this project are to make Sequoia Park more inclusive, diversify the park experiences, enhance the play area, expand recreational opportunities, upgrade the trail system, add more gathering space, preserve natural and cultural resources, and promote sustainability.  This project will leverage our love affair with this piece of land, celebrate its spirit, maintain its remarkable history, and envision new ways to discover, learn, and play for generations to come. 

This grant will fund the first part of a multiphase project to improve Sequoia Park.  The first phase began with the conceptual design for the Playground Area and Upper Meadow, and was made possible by a generous donation from Redwood Capital Bank. Community workshops were held in 2017 & 2018 with attendees sharing their concerns about the park, activities they enjoy and new amenities they would like to see, as well as ideas to increase safety, inclusivity, and accessibility. This groundbreaking project engaged the input and support of our community and resulted in a collaborative design that was developed by Greenway Partners.

These LWCF grant funds will go to construct new trails, playground facilities, off-street ADA compliant parking, restrooms and trail renovation.  Although this substantial grant funding is a wonderful jump start to re-envisioning the future of our beloved park, Eureka residents weighed in and came up with many improvements for Sequoia Park which will require additional funding. Stay tuned for the launch of the new Sequoia Park Community Fundraiser coming soon!

In the meantime, if you are interested in supporting Sequoia Park, check out the Sequoia Park Playground Improvement Fund through Humboldt Area Foundation which was made possible by a generous donation from Old Town Rotary. This fund gives businesses, residents, neighborhood groups, and park advocates an opportunity to make a difference in their parks and to build community, foster stewardship, and leverage resources to improve Eureka's vital public spaces.  The fund is available online at:  https://www.hafoundation.org/Giving/Make-a-Gift-Today/Give-Now?fn=Sequoia+Park+Playground+Improvement+Fund

To stay updated and to add your voice and ideas to the conversation, follow us on Facebook.com/eurekasequoiapark.


We did it!  Thank you Eureka for sharing all of your thoughts & ideas for the future of Sequoia Park. Your vision is now reflected in the Old Growth, New Adventures Conceptual Design & Report. 

Click here to view the conceptual design & report, including a larger view of the conceptual design.


We asked. You answered.  A big thank you to everyone that took the Sequoia Park Improvement Project Survey!  We appreciate your time and feedback.  Community input is important to us and we're busy compiling all of your survey responses.  Stay tuned for the next phase of this project.  More info to come soon!


 

Sequoia Park Fundraising Campaign

Make a donation to the Sequoia Park Playground Improvement Fund.  Help us preserve the park's natural & cultural resources, improve amenities and create an inclusive, unique, safe park experience that reflects the spirit of Sequoia Park and Eureka. Donations are tax deductible.  Click here to view the fundraising campaign brochure.

 

  • Mail in your donation. 
  • Make payable to: Humboldt Area Foundation
  • In the memo line write Sequoia Park Playground Improvement Fund
  • Mail payment to: Humboldt Area Foundation, 363 Indianola Rd., Bayside, CA 95524

Thank you to everyone that participated in the first ever Roll~N~Stroll and supported Tri-County Independent Living and the Sequoia Park Improvement Project!

 


  

A big thank you to everyone that came to the community workshop on Saturday at Washington School! We appreciate your input and look forward to continue working with the community on improving Sequoia Park.

 

Many thanks to Redwood Capital Bank for funding the design charrette process and Greenway for facilitating the community workshops. Your commitment and investment in our community is admirable.

Click here to view community feedback from 6/9/2018 Design Charrette #2.

Click here to read about the design charrette.


We need your voice! Help us imagine new ways to discover, learn and play in our beloved Sequoia Park.

To add your voice and ideas to the design, come to Washington Elementary School's Cafeteria on Sat., June 9th from 10:00am - 12:00pm.

This is a family friendly event that includes FREE food and refreshments. Thanks to 
Recology Humboldt County for their generous donation to Sequoia Park fundraising efforts. Participants will have the opportunity to enter to win (3) San Francisco Giants Tickets! Opportunity drawing to be held at the Fourth of July festival in Old Town. 

This event is sponsored by Redwood Capital Bank and hosted by City of Eureka Community Services Department and Greenway Partners.

Contact Donna Wood at 707.268.1858 or dwood@ci.eureka.ca.gov for more information.

Click here to view the event flyer.

Click here to view the Facebook event.


 

The first Sequoia Park Re-envisioning Old Growth, New Adventures design charrette / community workshop was a huge success!  Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and for sharing your thoughts and ideas.  Click on the link below to view the information gathered.  A second design charrette / community workshop will be held soon.  Stay tuned for more info! 

Click here to view community feedback from 10/21/2017 Design Charrette #1