We #LoveTheParkway. We Want You to Show How You Do Too

The American River Parkway is more than just another park. It’s everyone’s backyard.

Stretching 23 miles from the Sacramento River to Hazel Avenue, the Parkway allows everyone to connect with nature without leaving the urban core. It’s the home to a variety of wildlife, flora and fauna, is made up of diverse habitats and provides multiple opportunities for recreation. There is no other park like it in the country.

The American River Parkway Foundation launched the #LoveTheParkway Campaign to engage the community in the stewardship of this precious resource and encourage the community to get out and explore the Parkway. We will integrate the messaging into everything we do, including; social media, newsletter communications, education on trail etiquette, programs, advocacy and merchandise.

This is a great opportunity for you to show your love for the Parkway as well.


We Want You to Get Involved

    • Use #LoveTheParkway and follow us on social media. Whenever you post about the Parkway on social media, include #LoveTheParkway. We love to see how you’re using this resource and what it means to you. This will spread the love to the rest of the Sacramento community. Make sure you’re also following us on social media. We’re on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and LinkedIn.
    • Share your stories about the Parkway. We want to collect stories from different users about their experiences on the Parkway and find out what the Parkway means to them. These stories will be shared on social media and in our newsletter. Share stories by posting on social media using #LoveTheParkway or by emailing them to info@arpf.org. Use these prompts to help develop your story:
      • I love the Parkway because…
      • The Parkway is special to me because…
      • My favorite thing to do on the Parkway is…
      • My favorite memory from the Parkway is…
    • Donate to the American River Parkway Foundation. We will hold mini fundraising drives throughout the campaign that you can participate in. Keep an eye on social media for updates. If you don’t want to wait for a drive, you can donate online by clicking the donate button on the top of this web page. Donations support conservation of the Parkway through our programs.
    • Buy our merchandise. We have t-shirts, mugs, hats and more for sale. Keep an eye on our channels for the latest. You can also click Shop in the top menu to see what other gear we have for you.

    We appreciate the love the Sacramento region has for this urban jewel and are committed to its stewardship. We look forward to demonstrating that promise through this campaign.

    Want more details about the #LoveTheParkway campaign? See the press release.



Diana and Dave Hansen

My family raised me to love the American River Parkway! I knew when I met a fellow river rat, it was meant to be!

We grew up separately enjoying the parkway in many different ways, but after 14 years together, we found that rafting is our happy time.

We like to put in at Sunrise and float to Harrington passing ‘Big Bertha’ (her remains) on the clay banks and the San Juan rapids. Then on to the beautiful houses on the bluffs, followed by the shoot right before Harrington.

My husband, Dave, and I wrote a song that takes you through our rafting trips, and my little brother put his piano skills on it as well!

Being Sacramento natives has been such a pleasure! Living and growing with this city is such a treat, but the parkway is our safe space. It brings nostalgia, adventure, calm and directly influences our sanity!


Karen Wallace

I use the American River Parkway for nature walks, photography and bike rides. I love all the different access points along the trail. We recently spotted a family of deer, a big jackrabbit and an Acorn Woodpecker up in the trees. Riding bikes on the trail is one of my favorite activities as well. 😊


Shannon Albers

The American River Parkway is my happy place. It is a safe place to ride my bike. I get to experience all four seasons of nature up close. When I’m stressed I just gaze at the river and listen to the water or the birds.


Kyle Albers

We Sacramentans are so lucky to have the parkway in our backyard. Lots to offer: bicycling, running, hiking, Sunday stroll with the family, wildlife, kayaking, paddle boarding.


I #LoveTheParkway because…

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