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August 2017
Cleanup Saturday, August 5 | 9am-12pm | RSVP
Cleanup @ Sunrise Recreation Area
Workday Friday, August 11 | 9am-12pm | More Info
Mountain Bike Trail Sign Prep @ Mile 3-North
Invasive Plant Removal Saturday, August 19 | 9am-12pm | RSVP
Red Sesbania Removal @ Rio Islands
Event FREE Pre-Ride the Parkway Mixer
Saturday, August 26 | 3-7pm | Register
@ River City Brewing | Free beer & appetizers!
Event Ride the Parkway early bird price ends 8/9!
Sunday, September 10
| 7am-2pm| Register
@ William B. Pond Park | Volunteer
Invasive Plant Removal Invasive Plant Removal Workday Work Day Cleanup Clean Up Event Special Event

Pictured: 288 team members and staff from the AmeriCorps NCCC Pacific Region volunteered with ARPF for a cleanup and trail work at Discovery Park on July 17.

During July, a heavy emphasis was placed on removing trash and debris from the American River Parkway. Through 10 river cleanups and mile stewards, volunteers removed an impressive 24,848 pounds of trash!

So far in 2017, Parkway Foundation volunteers have removed 46,855 pounds of trash from the Parkway - compared to 2016's total of 50,000 for the whole year! We'd like to say a huge thank you to all of our volunteers for their dedicated stewardship of the river.

Throughout the month we welcomed groups from AmeriCorps NCCC (288), Fleet Feet Sacramento (25), Blue Shield (58), State Street (10), Nestle (9), and REI (45). For additional cleanup highlights and photos, check out our Facebook page!

During July, Volunteers also removed an astonishing 42,678 invasive plants from the Parkway including red sesbania, arundo, catalpa, tallow, and broom. So far this year, volunteers have removed 75,890 invasive plants!


Meet Annie Drinkwater-Wright, volunteer Mile Steward! Annie adopted Mile 4-South in March of this year, and she has been out on the American River Parkway cleaning up with friends, family and coworkers long before March. Read on for a snippet of our interview with Annie, or visit our website to read the interview in full.

Tell us briefly about yourself.
I’ve lived in Sacramento for about 12 years. My husband and I are pretty active people and love the outdoors.

Describe your connection to the Parkway. What does the Parkway mean to you?
The Parkway is my family’s favorite place that we enjoy together on a daily basis; my husband and I take our dog out swimming at Sutter’s Landing sometimes twice a day...

What initially drew you to ARPF? Why have you continued volunteering?
I’ve volunteered for the Parkway (officially and unofficially) for about 5 years now....and now encourage our friends to get involved with group clean ups to spread the awareness...We can stop a small portion of sea pollution and clean up our community.

How would you describe your volunteer experience? Would you encourage others to volunteer on the Parkway?
Our favorite part of the Sacramento area is the Parkway and we care so much about it that I’ve recently committed my company PRO Unlimited, Inc. to adopt a mile as well.

Do you have a favorite Parkway memory or experience?
I was amazed by the group clean-up event we recently held. Friends of friends came to help and loved the cause and it’s nice to see strangers come together and actually doing something for something they feel strongly for.

BOS Update

On Tuesday, July 11, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors held a discussion on additional financial resources for maintenance and law enforcement on the American River Parkway. After 6 hours and 30 speakers, the Board of Supervisors requested additional financial information. The discussion will resume on August 23rd at 2pm, with the final recommendation to be presented at the September 6-7 final budget hearings.

We encourage all supporters of the Parkway to attend the next Board of Supervisors meeting on August 23rd at 2pm at 700 H St, Ste. 1450, Sacramento, CA 95814 (map). If you would like to contact your Supervisor, click here.

The Parkway Foundation would like to thank those who attended the July 11th meeting and/or sent emails and letters to their local Supervisor expressing the need for these resources by sharing personal experiences on the American River Parkway.

Click here to read Executive Director Dianna Poggetto's op-ed piece in the Sacramento Bee, stressing the importance of additional financial resources for the American River Parkway.

2018 Passes

Parks Passes

A summer in Sacramento isn't complete without hot days spent enjoying the American River Parkway! Purchase a Sacramento County Parks Pass to make the most of your summer.

Plus, click here to save $5 on Ride the Parkway (9/10) registration when you buy a Parks Pass!

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Sunday, September 10 | William B. Pond Park | 7am - 2pm

Early Bird

Last chance to save some $$$ on Ride the Parkway registration! Prices go up on Wednesday, August 9 at 11:59pm.

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.

Saturday, August 26 | 3-7pm
River City Brewing Co. (map)

Join us for a FREE pre-Ride mixer hosted at River City Brewing Co.'s new location in the Milagro Centre! We’ll have the patio all to ourselves so grab a brew and mingle with fellow cyclists. Appetizers and beer provided by River City Brewing and designTECH.

Volunteers are the backbone of all of our events! Volunteer opportunities for Ride the Parkway include setup (trucks needed!), registration, t-shirt distribution, aid stations (groups only), bartenders, and tear down. All volunteers receive an event t-shirt! Click the "Sign Up" button below to email us for more info. Be sure to include your shirt size (men's/women's, sizes S-XXL).
Register Sign Up
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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Save the date! Saturday, September 16 | 9am-12pm


Mark your calendars for the biggest cleanup of the year - the Great American River Cleanup (GARCU)! We'll be cleaning up the American River Parkway at 23 sites between Discovery Park and Hazel Ave.

Stay tuned on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and website for registration and cleanup site announcements!

GARCU is part of the California Coastal Commission's statewide Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers across the state of California come together to help remove trash and debris from the state's waterways. Learn more

Run the Parkway

Join the American River Parkway Foundation and the Sacramento Running Association on Sunday, November 5th for the second annual Run the Parkway, official training run for the California International Marathon! Choose from a 20-miler, half marathon, or un-timed fun run/nature walk (register).

Run the Parkway is the ideal time for Sacramento runners to give back to the most popular training spot in town, and we need volunteers to make this race a success! Volunteer opportunities include packet pickup, setup, parking, aid stations (best for groups), course marshals, finish line expo, finish festival, tear down and more. All volunteers receive a free t-shirt!

Sign Up




Sutter Health

The Parkway Foundation would like to extend its gratitude to Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento for their major contribution to the Campfire Outdoor Educational Site. Thanks to Sutter Health’s support, 913 youth, grades 4-6, from Title I schools across Sacramento County were able to experience an outdoor STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) class led by the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) during the spring. The program will continue in the fall with current funding from Sutter Health and Wells Fargo.

Gene McKinnon
Crude Elegance Crude Elegance Crude Elegance

Visit our office (map) to check out our newest installment of local Parkway-themed art! "Crude Elegance" by Gene McKinnon incorporates natural elements from the American River Parkway. All pieces are available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the American River Parkway Foundation.

Gene is also a local photographer. His photos and others can be seen at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center during the "Picturing the Parkway" exhibit in September.


Partner Highlight
Kinetic Folsom Bike

Visit one of our partner bicycle shops to gear up for Ride the Parkway – the early-bird discount ends August 9th! Register here.

  • If you're in the Folsom area, check out Folsom Bike at the intersection of Folsom Lake Xing and Folsom-Auburn Rd (map).
  • Kinetic Cycles is conveniently located in Arden Arcade at the intersection of Watt Ave and Fair Oaks Blvd in the Arden Town shopping center (map).
Cap Tap Colleen Watters River Rat
University Auto Mary Nesel Visit Rancho
Hot Italian Rubio's Fleet Feet
  American River Raft Rentals  

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