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Event Big Day of Giving | Thursday, May 4
Happy Hour from 3-4pm @ Capitol Beer & Tap Room (map)
Cleanup Spring Cleanup
Saturday, May 6 | 9am-12pm | Register
Multiple Sites on the American River Parkway
Workday Saturday, May 20 | 9am-12pm | RSVP
Yellow Star Thistle Removal @ Northrop Ave

Slow Ride
Saturday, May 20 | 12-4pm | Register
ARPF to Cap Tap & back w/ OneSpeed Pizza

National Trails Day
Saturday, June 3 | 9am-12pm | RSVP
Trail Maintenance @ Northgate (ages 16+)
Invasive Plant Removal Invasive Plant Removal Workday Work Day Cleanup Clean Ups Event Special Events

ARPF Office Closed
Memorial Day | Monday, May 29

Pictured: Oracle volunteers after a day of trail work at the Campfire Outdoor Ed Site. They braved an epic downpour to get the work done!

During the month of April, 86 volunteers contributed 299.5 hours to caring for the American River Parkway! These volunteers removed 365 pounds of trash and 7,087 invasive plants such as Red Sesbania and French Broom. We also welcomed groups from Oracle and Wells Fargo for trail maintenance days at the Campfire Outdoor Ed Site and Lower Sunrise Rec Area. Volunteers also helped support Parkway trails at Howlin' on the Parkway!


In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 23-29), this month's champion is CNN's 2013 Hero of the Year Chad Pregracke. Chad is the founder of Living Lands and Waters, an Illinois-based nonprofit that has been cleaning up America's major rivers "one river, one piece of garbage at a time" over the last 20 years. Chad grew up with the Mississippi River as his backyard and discovered a devastating amount of trash along its banks. Since then, he's worked with over 100,000 volunteers cleaning up the Mississippi and other major rivers!

Chad visited the Parkway Foundation last week to give some words of encouragement to our volunteer stewards and board members, and show his appreciation for their work. Here are our favorite memorable quotes:

  • "We are making a difference by the boat load, by the barrel, by the can."
  • "For me to come here and see all of you, I think there's a lot of unsung heroes in this are making a difference."
  • "If I'm going to continue on this mission, then I need to do it bigger and better. How can I do that?"
  • "I mean, everybody asks me, how do you stay positive? It's because I know we're making a difference."
  • "Change doesn't happen fast a lot of times. It's more like a barge or a train in the fact that change starts off sometimes real slow, slow, slow, slow, but then it starts to build momentum and then it's hard to stop."

"To all of you, thank you for what you do. I don't live here, but I appreciate what you guys do."

Click here for a short clip of Chad's talk.

Thank you to Steve Burns and the Responsible Battery Coalition for putting together this special presentation.

We're pleased to honor Invasive Plant Patrol Champion Bob Bloomer (pictured on the right) as our 2016 Volunteer of the Year. Bob is responsible for the 3-mile long Star-Thistle-Free zone from Cal Expo to Watt Ave, and has been volunteering with the Parkway Foundation since 1996. He's put in more than 1,200 hours removing trash and invasive plants in his 20 years as a volunteer. Thank you Bob for making a difference!

On May 4, 2017, join the Sacramento Region Community Foundation for the 4th annual Big Day of Giving, a 24-hour giving challenge that promotes local philanthropy through online donations to non-profits throughout the Sacramento region.

Your support of the Parkway Foundation on May 4th will be directed toward cleaning up and repairing areas across the Parkway damaged by this year’s flooding. Plus, join us for a Big Day of Giving Happy Hour on May 4 from 3-4pm at Capitol Beer & Tap Room (map). A special beer (TBD) will be tapped during the gathering!

Don't want to wait to donate? You can schedule a donation and your card will be charged on May 4th! Click the "Donate" button below, click "Donate Now" on our giving profile, and enter your information.

May is Bike Month in Sacramento! Whether running errands, commuting, riding recreationally, or working--ride your bike as much as possible in the month of May.

Don't forget to register to log your miles.

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center in midtown is 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 (entries start June 1):

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


Spring Cleanup is this Saturday! Join hundreds of volunteers to help clean up the American River Parkway on May 6th from 9am-12pm. The Parkway has been heavily impacted by flooding and high water flows this winter, and needs a pick-me-up. Choose from these sites along the Parkway: Mile 3N, Cal Expo, Gristmill Park, Ancil Hoffman, El Manto Dr, and Sunrise Rec Area. Click here for a map of sites!

To sign up, click the "register" button below. In the email body, please include your name, group name & size (if applicable), age, phone number, email address, and how you heard about us.

Can't make it to Spring Cleanup but want to help? Join us on June 3rd for trail maintenance in honor of National Trails Day or on July 8th for a river-based cleanup! Click here for our full calendar.

Questions? Email us!

Howlin' on the Parkway

Thank you walkers and volunteers!

More than 150 walkers and volunteers came out on Saturday, April 22 to support American River Parkway trails at Howlin' on the Parkway! Participants and their dogs enjoyed a 2-mile walk along the Parkway followed by an Earth Day celebration with the Cali Love Food Truck.

After the walk, Pups competed in a costume contest featuring special guest judges Sacramento County Supervisor Susan Peters and Instagram's Monte the Aussie (with mom Samantha), led by MC April Potter of Megatude Media.

Proceeds from Howlin' on the Parkway benefit the American River Parkway's hiking and equestrian trail through the Parkway Foundation's Pups in the Park and Trail Maintenance programs, helping to ensure the 30+ miles of dirt trails are accessible and clear of pet waste.

Event photos courtesy of Wagtale Photography by Judy Stansbury. Click here to view the full gallery of all the Parkway pups! You'll need to enter your name and email to view the gallery. Prints are available for purchase through this portal.
Thank you to our sponsors, adoption partners & vendors!
Rose Foundation SQIP City of Sac Gold River Pet Hospital

Carmichael Water District
Sacramento County Stormwater Quality Program
Sacramento Suburban Water District

American River Parkway Volunteer Equestrian Trail Patrol
Sacramento County Dept. of Environmental Management

Adoption Partners
German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley
Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue
Sacramento County Bradshaw Animal Shelter

Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice

Saturday, June 24th, 2017 | 6-9PM
William B. Pond Recreation Area

  • All white attire
  • Locally sourced meal by Chef Robb Venditti/Rossi Catering
  • 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

Volunteers needed! Email us for more information.

Thank you to our sponsors!
Jackson Angle

Table Sponsors

Balestreri Realtor Group | Brown, Stevens, Elmore & Spare | Colleen Watters | Cunningham Engineering | Dennis Greenbaum & Debbie Davis | Dokken Engineering | Eason & Tambornini | Five Star Bank | Genovese, Buford & Brothers | Guild Mortgage | Law Offices of Deon R. Stein | Nehemiah Foundation | Outback Solutions | Patty & Paul Selsky | Scott Wolcott | SMUD | State Street | Taylor & Wiley | Thomas Law Group | Wells Fargo

Beverage Sponsors

Beer: Bike Dog, Dudek, & Wood Rodgers
Meet & Greet Hour Wine: Sean Minor Wines
Dinner Wine: Tyge William Cellars

Lighting Provided By Photography Provided By
by Tia Gemmell




Visit our office (map) to check out beautiful photos of the Parkway! Each quarter we're featuring a local photographer with a passion for the Parkway. 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.'"


Partner Highlight

Our Parkway Partners have you covered for all of your May is Bike Month cycling needs. Check out these three Partner locations for tune-ups, new gear, and maybe even a new bike!

  • Hitting the trails out in Folsom? Head towards Beal's Point on the trail and stop by Folsom Bike at the intersection of Folsom Lake Crossing and Folsom-Auburn Rd (map).
  • Grinding your gears near Fair Oaks? Take the Fair Oaks Bridge across the river and follow Fair Oaks Blvd across Sunrise Blvd to Pennsylvania Ave (map).
  • Pedaling downstream towards Downtown Sac? Exit the bike trail at Watt Ave to swing by Kinetic Cycles at the intersection of Watt and Fair Oaks Blvd (map).
Cap Tap Colleen Watters Fleet Feet
University Automotive Mary Margaret Nesel
Hot Italian American River Raft Rental

To find out how the 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