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July 2017

Cleanup Saturday, July 8 | Recap
River Float Cleanup Sunrise to River Bend
Event Tuesday, July 11 | 10:30am | More Info
Sacramento County Board of Supervisors Meeting @ 700 H St, Ste. 1450
Event Friday, July 14 & Saturday, July 15
Eppie's Great Race @ River Bend Park
Volunteer | Register
Cleanup Tuesday, July 18 | 6PM | More Info
Fleet Feet Run to Sutter's Landing Cleanup w/ Hot Italian
Cleanup Friday, July 21 | 8-11am | RSVP
Cleanup w/ State Street @ Discovery Park
Invasive Plant Removal Saturday, July 29 | 9am-12pm | RSVP
Red Sesbania Removal @ Harrington Access
Cleanup Sunday, July 30 | 8-11am | RSVP
River Cleanup behind Cal Expo REI Store
Invasive Plant Removal Invasive Plant Removal Workday Work Day Cleanup Clean Up Event Special Event

Pictured: Intel volunteers at the Sunrise Blvd River Access.

The American River Parkway Foundation welcomed 247 volunteers in June for a total of 801.76 hours spent on the American River Parkway.

Volunteers removed 5,030 pounds of trash, including 2,000 pounds removed from Sunrise Recreation Area by a group of 64 from Intel's Folsom office.

June Numbers

Our volunteers also removed 7,821 invasive plants including Spanish & French Broom, Red Sesbania and Stinkwort.

40 volunteers assisted with our Summer Solstice Dinner & Auction on June 24th, including setup, dinner service, auction assistance, and tear down.

Nestle Waters

Nestle Waters

This month, we're pleased to highlight Nestlé Waters (North America) as our volunteer champion. Nestlé Waters has supported the American River Parkway Foundation since 2015 with water donations, volunteer hours, and grant funding for programs.

Nestlé's Sacramento crew has volunteered at the Parkway Half Marathon, Summer Solstice, and numerous river cleanups. In addition to their own volunteer hours, Nestlé has enabled us to deploy thousands of volunteers across the American River Parkway by keeping them hydrated. 18,000 waters have been donated to support American River Parkway Foundation programs and special events since 2015.

Nestlé has also supported the Parkway Foundation's Invasive Plant Management Program with $50,000 in grants since 2011, helping to remove nonnative, invasive plants that inhibit wildlife and recreational uses.

Currently, Nestlé Waters' Sacramento warehouse is being certified through the Alliance for Water Stewardship, to formalize their efforts to become a water-friendly business. Nestlé’s next river cleanup is on July 22nd at the Howe Avenue Access!

Recreate For Health
Public Speaking Art Yoga

Recreate for Health is focused on bringing local youth, who may not otherwise have access to recreation, to the outdoors for positive, healthy experiences. Over the week of June 19th, nearly twenty youth were able to relax both mentally and physically on the American River Parkway while participating in activities led by adults who are positive role models. These experiences occurred across the Parkway and included a public speaking class with B Street Theatre at the Campfire Outdoor Educational Site, an art class at Camp Pollock, a bike ride, a tour of the Nimbus Fish Hatchery, and a yoga class at Discovery Park.

The pilot program was supported by Dignity Health and is a collaborative partnership with the American River Parkway Foundation, Always Knocking, Hooked on Fishing, and Bike Lab. Click here to read an article about the camp from The Sacramento Bee.

Green Heron
Photo by David Dawson


Do you love taking pictures along the American River Parkway? Submit your photos to Viewpoint Photographic Art Center for a chance to be featured in the "Picturing the Parkway: Celebrating the American River Parkway in Photographs" exhibit this fall! Entry period closes July 29; enter here!

The exhibit aims to highlight the numerous photographic opportunities year-round along the American River Parkway. 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: 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


A very special thank you to our sponsors, guests, and volunteers for making the third annual Summer Solstice Dinner & Auction a wonderful success. 250 guests and 40 volunteers came together on Saturday, June 24th for a beautiful evening on the American River Parkway to support Sacramento's greatest recreational and natural civic amenity. $99,003 was raised at this year's dinner; proceeds will benefit American River Parkway Foundation programs and efforts to maintain and improve the American River Parkway.

A portion of the Summer Solstice proceeds will benefit the American River Parkway Foundation’s outdoor education programs at the Campfire Outdoor Educational Site. The Parkway Foundation manages maintenance and improvements to the site in River Bend Park to bring under-served youth to the American River Parkway. In 2016, 3,000 youth across Sacramento County experienced the Parkway through the Campfire Outdoor Educational Site.

Thank you to Tia Gemmell/Riverview Media Photography for photographing the 3rd annual Summer Solstice Dinner & Auction!
Click here to view the photo gallery.
Guests Decorations Tables
Thank You Sponsors
Arraycon Teichert
Balestreri Realtor Group | Brown, Stevens, Elmore & Spare | Crowe Horwath | Cunningham Engineering | Dennis Greenbaum & Debbie Davis | Dokken Engineering | Dudek | Eason & Tambornini | Five Star Bank | Genovese, Buford & Brothers | Guild Mortgage | Jackson Angle | Law Office of Colleen Watters | Law Offices of Deon R. Stein | Nehemiah Foundation | Outback Solutions | Patty & Paul Selsky | Platinum Advisors | Scott Wolcott | SMUD | State Street | Taylor & Wiley | Thomas Law Group | Tyge William Cellars | Wells Fargo | Wood Rodgers
In-Kind Partners
Bike Dog Brewing Co. | Kellie DeMarco, KCRA 3 | KLM Auctions | Lisa Ravazzolo | Rob Stewart, KVIE | Sacramento Theatrical Lighting | Sean Minor Wines | Sight & Sound Audio Visual | Tia Gemmell, Riverview Media Photography

River Float Cleanup
Kayaks Volunteers Trash Pile

This past Saturday, July 8th, 35 volunteers paddled down the American River from Upper Sunrise to River Bend Park, removing trash and debris along the way. 1,500 pounds of trash were hauled out of the river, including a motorcycle frame, shopping cart, two bikes, hundreds of feet of fishing line, cans, bottles, rafts, umbrellas and much more!

Join us for our next river cleanup at Discovery Park with State Street on Friday, July 21st from 8-11am! Email to sign up.

One month left for Early Bird Pricing!
Sunday, September 10, 2017 | 7am-2pm
William B. Pond Recreation Area

Grab your friends and your roadie, fixie, single-speed, or cruiser and hit the bike trail for a ride to support the American River Parkway Foundation!

Buy a Parks Pass, Get a Discount
Purchase a Sacramento County Parks Pass when you register and get $5 off your registration. Select the Early Bird w/ Parks Pass option when you register.

Proceeds from Ride the Parkway benefit the American River Parkway Foundation’s Invasive Plant Management Program aimed at removing nonnative plants that can inhibit wildlife and recreational uses.

Ride Jerseys
Ride the Parkway cycling jerseys are back! We've teamed up with Voler Cycling Apparel to bring you a new design. Jerseys are $75 and available in men’s and women’s short-sleeved club fits, sizes XS-3XL, with a 3/4 hidden zipper.
Jersey Front Jersey Back
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Run Bikes Kayaks

Be a part of one of the biggest athletic events on the American River Parkway! Eppie's Great Race is looking for volunteers on July 14th and 15th to help with swag bag prep, packet pickup, food prep, parking, watercraft takeout, course monitoring and more. The race starts and finishes at River Bend Park; shift times and locations may vary. Volunteers receive a free t-shirt and food/beverage coupons. Click the register button below to sign up!

Want to participate? Registration for Eppie's Great Race is also still open! Click here for more information.





The American River Parkway Foundation was awarded a Sacramento Region Community Foundation Immediate Need Grant that is already being utilized to repair the multi-use dirt trail that meanders through the Parkway. Check out our progress to-date and future updates here. SRCF

David Dawson
Sunset Great Blue Heron River Otter

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
River Rat ARR Rentals

It's rafting season! Flows are currently between 3,000-4,000 cubic feet per second - perfect for an enjoyable float down the river.

Our partners have you covered for all your rafting needs! If you're on the north side of the American River, check out River Rat Raft & Bike (map) on Pennsylvania Ave off of Fair Oaks Blvd. Launch your raft at Sacramento Bar (map), just down the road!

If you're headed to Sunrise Recreation Area (map) on the south side of the river, visit American River Raft Rentals (map) on South Bridge St just off Sunrise Ave.

Cap Tap Colleen Watters Folsom Bike
University Auto Mary Nesel Visit Rancho
Hot Italian Rubio's Fleet Feet

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