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April 2017 Newsletter

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April 2017

Cleanup Spring Cleanup POSTPONED
Saturday, May 6 | 9am-12pm | More Info
Locations TBD
Event Whole Foods 5% Day | Wednesday, April 5
Whole Foods Market Arden & Folsom
Workday Thursday, April 13 | Closed event
Oracle @ Campfire Outdoor Ed Site
Event Howlin' on the Parkway
Saturday, April 22
8am-12pm @ William B. Pond Park
Workday Wednesday, April 26 | Closed event
Wells Fargo Trail Maintenance @ River Bend
Event SactoMoFo 10 Food Truck Block Party
Saturday, April 29
| 11am-7pm @ Sac Railyards | Volunteer (16+ only)
Workday Native Garden Work Days
Every Thursday in April | 2-4PM | RSVP
Invasive Plant Removal Invasive Plant Removal Workday Work Day Cleanup Clean Ups Event Special Events

Sac State Students
Pictured: Sacramento State students cleaned up the Parkway during their Spring Break from Paradise Beach to Howe Ave.

During the month of March, 327 volunteers removed 4,620 pounds of trash and 830 invasive plants such as broom, pampas grass, and catalpa. Volunteers contributed 941 hours to caring for the American River Parkway!

Included in this count is a group of 59 Sacramento State students that joined us during spring break in the pouring rain for a two-day river cleanup. These dedicated students removed 4,000 lbs of trash in just 7 hours!


New Board Members
Mary DeSouza I love going to the Parkway anytime of the year and feel so fortunate to live so close to this year-round treasure. In Spring I love how green it is with the trees and plants in bloom, in Summer I love the long evenings and seeing the sun go down over the river, in Fall I love the changing colors and crisp cool mornings, and in Winter I love walking through the mist and occasionally in the rain. Most of all I love being out in nature and seeing all the animals. I live in Carmichael and work in public health. Almost every weekend and many evenings you will find me on one of the many trails along the Parkway with my dog Victory. If you see me, please say hello!
Mary DeSouza
Jeremy Hollis We've lived by the parkway now for 23 years. We bought our house primarily because the proximity to the parkway (near mile 12), which we visit daily either walking the dog if we have one, or as a great area to experience the natural beauty the Parkway offers. I previously was on the board for 10 years and had the honor to serve as board president. I'm very pleased to be back on the board.
Jeremy Hollis
Ammon Rice I am an Environmental Specialist at SMUD. I wanted to be a biologist from the time I was a tiny kid and my love and fascination with science and nature has never stopped. Even working as a biologist, I still get excited every time I go out in nature. I love the diversity of plants and wildlife the American River Parkway supports. I fish the American River and bird watch along the trails. Having the parkway in our backyard is fantastic!
Ammon Rice


Do you want to take your involvement in the American River Parkway Foundation to the next level? Join one of our committees! Network with other professionals and Parkway users as you assist the Parkway Foundation in achieving its mission. All committees meet on a monthly basis for one hour at the Parkway Foundation office. Read on for committee opportunities.

Program Committee: Review current Parkway Foundation programs such as habitat restoration, invasive plant management, and trail maintenance; develop new programs based on current Parkway needs. Make program recommendations to the Board of Directors. Contact Ashley Gilreath to join!

Marketing/Development Committee: Solicit financial and in-kind contributions, develop fundraising ideas, and promote the Parkway Foundation and its programs through various marketing channels. Contact Chris Aguirre to join!

Events Committees: Coordinate event logistics, solicit financial and in-kind contributions, recruit volunteers, and market events. Choose from 3 committees: Howlin' on the Parkway, Summer Solstice, or Ride the Parkway. Contact Jennifer Fuss to join!

Dennis Eckhart Info

Dennis Eckhart

Meet Dennis Eckhart, Invasive Plant Patrol champion. Dennis has been volunteering with the Parkway Foundation since 2011, and has put in more than 379 hours removing invasive plants and trash along the American River Parkway. Read on to learn more about Dennis and why he volunteers with us!

What ARPF programs do you support?
For the past six years I have volunteered with ARPF's Invasive Plant Management Program, and I have explored parts of the Parkway that I could never see from my bicycle.  Although I'm usually looking for Red Sesbania, Spanish Broom, and other non-native, invasive plants, I always carry a trash bag with me.  This year I'm learning a lot about ARPF's other programs as a member of the Board's Program Committee.

What does the Parkway mean to you?
I love being outdoors, and every time I visit the Parkway I am grateful for the opportunity to help keep it free of trash and invasive plants.  I am proud to contribute in a small way to the work of ARPF staff and volunteers who preserve and sustain the Parkway, helping to keep it the wonderful resource and getaway that it is.  As a rain-or-shine bike commuter to downtown since 1991 and a recreational cyclist on weekends, the Parkway saved me from Sacramento's busy streets and helped me decompress after stressful days at the office… Now when my grandchildren visit, we often "go to the river" to hike or bike and enjoy the flora and fauna.

What initially drew you to ARPF? Why have you continued volunteering?
When I retired from the Attorney General's Office just over six years ago, I started looking for volunteer opportunities.   Because of the countless hours of cycling on the bike trail and the proximity to the ARPF office, signing up there made perfect sense.  I look forward to every visit to the Parkway, whether for work or play.  Invasive plant removal can be difficult and sometimes exhausting, but it is always rewarding.

How would you describe your volunteer experience? Would you encourage others to volunteer on the Parkway?
Since the summer of 2011, I can see the progress we've made in controlling our top priority invasive, Red Sesbania.  I usually set my own schedule and often work alone, but I also enjoy working with other volunteers and the staff at ARPF, who share my love of the Parkway.  If you enjoy any aspect of the Parkway, there are lots of ways, large and small, to help protect and preserve it for tomorrow and beyond.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?
The day I pulled over 4,000 Sesbania sprouts in a secluded spot South of Arden Pond was certainly memorable…During my first summer volunteering, I was on the bank of a quiet pond and a family of four river otters swam by just a few feet from where I was standing.  I watched them for several minutes diving for food and then surfacing and crunching on crustaceans. So many wonderful memories!

Welcome AmeriCorps

Welcome AmeriCorps NCCC Team Gold 7! This crew is with us until April 4th, and has already been hard at work clearing trails along the American River Parkway. If you see them out on the trail, be sure to say hello and thank you! Check out the photos below of their first day on the job.

Due to recent flooding, the Parkway equestrian/hiking trail has seen significant damage. AmeriCorps will only be with us for a short amount of time, so we need your help to continue improving the trail. Support our efforts to restore the trail on April 22nd by participating in or donating to Howlin' on the Parkway.

Trail Before AmeriCorps Trail Maintenance Trail After


New Website

We're launching our brand new website in May! Along with a fresh look and feel, the website will be easily navigable to connect you with the American River Parkway and the work of the Parkway Foundation. Here's a sneak peak...

Website Preview

Cleanup Postponed
Spring Cleanup

Spring Cleanup has been postponed until May 6.

For the safety of our volunteers, Spring Cleanup has been postponed until May 6 due to increased water flows, flooding, and hazardous park conditions. We apologize for any inconvenience. Check our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for cleanup site announcements and other updates. Registered volunteers will also be notified via email.

Questions? Email us!

Howlin' on the Parkway

Keep Parkway trails open by walking your dog!
Saturday, April 22 | 8am-12pm
William B. Pond Recreation Area

Register by April 8 to be entered into a prize drawing for a $100 gift certificate to The Local Bark!

  • Enjoy a 2-mile walk along Parkway trails (dogs not required to participate)!
  • Indulge in delicious California cuisine from Cali Love Food Truck
  • Earth Day Celebration with vendors
  • Participate in our doggy costume contest - winners take home a leash from Wolfpack Supply!
  • Costume contest judged by County Supervisor Susan Peters and Instagram's @montetheaussie
  • Adopt a new member of the family from one of our adoption partners
  • Support your favorite walking trail!

Proceeds benefit the Parkway Foundation's Pups in the Park and Trail Maintenance Programs. Both programs help to ensure the American River Parkway equestrian/hiking trail is clear and accessible for all to enjoy!

  • Pups in the Park: "Mutt Mitt" bags are provided by the Parkway Foundation at 14 stations to reduce the amount of dog waste along the Parkway and its effects on our waterways.
  • Trail Maintenance: The equestrian/hiking trail has experienced heavy erosion and blockages from debris due to recent flooding. We need your help to ensure these trails get the TLC they need!
Adoption Partners
German Shepherd Rescue Homeward Bound Bradshaw Animal Shelter

SactoMoFo 10
Food trucks, craft beer, live music & more! Join SactoMoFo for SactoMoFo 10 on April 29th, 2017, and a portion of your parking fee will benefit the Parkway Foundation. Our volunteers will be helping with parking, so be sure to say hi and thank them!

Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice

Join us for the 3rd annual Summer Solstice Dinner & Auction!

  • Saturday, June 24th, 2017 from 6-9PM
  • William B. Pond Recreation Area
  • Meet and greet hour with local beer and wine
  • Live music from the Harley White Jr. Orchestra
  • Silent and live auctions with Auctioneer Keith McLane

Tickets will be available in the coming weeks. Visit our website or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates. For sponsorships, contact Chris Aguirre at or (916) 486-2773.




Whole Foods

You shop. Whole Foods gives back.

Get your grocery list ready! Whole Foods Market Arden and Folsom have selected the American River Parkway Foundation to receive 5% of their total net sales on Wednesday, April 5th. The more you shop, the more we raise!

Click for a map of each location:
Whole Foods Arden | Whole Foods Folsom

Whole Foods
Whole Foods Coupon
Take someone to lunch! Present the coupon above to buy one sandwich, get one free at Whole Foods on April 5th. For a downloadable PDF, click here.

We're launching a new showcase of American River Parkway photographs in our office (map)! Each quarter we'll feature a local photographer with a passion for the Parkway. Be sure to stop by and check them out! These photographs will be available to purchase, and proceeds benefit the Parkway Foundation.

This quarter we're featuring David Dawson, photographer and volunteer extraordinaire. David has been volunteering with the Parkway Foundation since 2003 (14 years!) and has dedicated more than 446 hours over the years. He volunteers alongside the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento as a Mile Steward of mile 6 north.

A quote from David on the value of the Parkway:
"The American River Parkway, close to home, meets my need, as described by John Muir who said, 'Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.'"

Great Blue Heron River Otter


Viewpoint Photographic Art Center in midtown is also showcasing photographs of the Parkway this year! To highlight the numerous photographic opportunities year-round along the Parkway, Viewpoint will host "Picturing the Parkway: Celebrating the American River Parkway in Photographs" this fall. Here are some details you need to know if you're interested in submitting a photo:

  • Exhibit Dates: September 5 to October 7, 2017
  • Location: Viewpoint Photographic Art Center (map)
  • Eligibility: All photographers, any photographic medium
  • Entry Period: May 1 to July 29, 2017
  • Entry Fee: $25 fee for 1 entry, $40 for 2 or 3
  • How to Enter: Online (Details to come as entry period nears)
  • Prize Categories: (a) Landscape; (b) Wildlife; (c) Sports/Recreation/Human Interest


Partner Highlight

Visit Rancho

We're pleased to announce our newest Parkway Partner, Visit Rancho Cordova! Visit Rancho promotes travel and tourism in Rancho Cordova, CA--including encouraging visitors to explore the American River Parkway.

Visit Rancho Cordova also supports our trail maintenance program and will be promoting new running routes to hotel guests.

Cap Tap Colleen Watters Fleet Feet
University Automotive Mary Margaret Nesel River Rat
Hot Italian Rubio's American River Raft Rental
Fair Oaks Water District
Folsom Bike Kinetic Cycles

To find out how Parkway Partners Program
can benefit your business, click here!

American River Parkway Foundation (ARPF) | 5700 Arden Way Carmichael, CA 95608 | T: (916) 486-2773 | F: (916) 486-2779 | Email