American River Parkway Foundation Responds to the Low Data Present in the Latest Point in Time Count

Locations chosen for counting do not reveal the whole crisis on the American River Parkway 

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The latest data from the Point in Time Count (PIT Count) does not show the true picture of the homelessness crisis on the American River Parkway (Parkway), according to the American River Parkway Foundation (Parkway Foundation). Seven sites on the Parkway were surveyed, resulting in only 594 illegal campers being included in the PIT Count. All of those were along the portion of the Parkway that runs through the City of Sacramento. 

 

“The American River Parkway is ground zero for the homelessness crisis in Sacramento County. Even such a small sample size shows the large percentage of unhoused individuals that are illegally camping in the Parkway,” said Dustin Luton, president of the Parkway Foundation Board of Directors. “Imagine what the count would have showed if the whole Parkway had been included.” 

 

The Parkway stretches 23 miles from the confluence with the Sacramento River up to the Nimbus Dam. Less than 10 miles of the Parkway runs through the City of Sacramento. 

 

Impacts of illegal camping on the Parkway are evident by the number of fires that have occurred near encampments this year, including the 22-acre fire near Campus Commons, the 5-acre fire that threatened homes in Carmichael, another 5-acre fire that threatened homes near Guy West Bridge and, just yesterday, a 16-acre fire in River Bend Park. Other environmental impacts include soil compaction, environmental pollution and disturbance of wildlife habitat. 

 

“Thanks to the efforts of volunteers that are on the Parkway on a regular basis, including our Mile Stewards, we have been able to track the illegal camp sites on the Parkway and determine the areas of high concentration,” said Dianna Poggetto, executive director of the Parkway Foundation. “We recognize the difficulty that can be present with gathering enough volunteers for an effort like the Point in Time Count. We want to bring awareness to the fact that this issue is much greater than these numbers show, which is why it’s important our leaders take action now.” 

 

The Parkway Foundation formed the Voice of the Parkway Coalition to help Sacramento County address the homelessness crisis. This includes working with business leaders – like Five Star Bank – to help find land for shelters. The Voice of the Parkway Coalition also mobilizes concerned community members to urge local leaders and municipal employees to develop an overall homeless plan that includes social services and clear goals and timelines.  

 

More details about the Voice of the Parkway Coalition can be found at www.ARPF.org/VoiceOfTheParkway. 

 

About the American River Parkway Foundation 

The American River Parkway Foundation (Parkway Foundation) is the only nonprofit organization focused on active conservation of all 23 miles of the American River Parkway (Parkway). Through managing programs like volunteer clean-ups, infrastructure improvements, trail maintenance, fire mitigation and education, the Parkway Foundation leads and inspires the community to conserve and nurture the Parkway as a unique, accessible resource for everyone to enjoy. Learn more at www.ARPF.org. 

 

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Letter/Email Template and Call Script for Sac County Budget Ask

 

The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will hold budget hearings on June 8, 9 and 10.

 

We are asking you to make your voice heard to push for more funding and a comprehensive plan that will help get unhoused individuals off the American River Parkway.

 

Latest estimates pin the homeless population in the County at more than 16,000, which is the result of inaction from local leaders. A plan with timelines and investment in additional resources will help decrease the number of illegal campers on the Parkway and return our local streets, parks, businesses and the Parkway to the community.

 

To help with the push, we ask you:

 

Thank you for learning more about getting involved. Let us know if you have any questions.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR SACRAMENTO COUNTY SUPERVISORS

Supervisor Don Notolli, Sacramento County District 5 – Chair

Supervisor Richard Desmond, Sacramento County District 3 – Vice Chair

Supervisor Phil Serna, Sacramento County District 1

Supervisor Patrick Kennedy, Sacramento County District 2

Supervisor Sue Frost, Sacramento County District 4

 

CC on the email: BoardClerk@saccounty.net

Coyotes on the American River Parkway: Things to Know

Coyotes are common along the full 23-mile stretch of the American River Parkway. Here are a few things you need to know when it comes to interacting with them:

  • Though you may see a coyote at any time of the day, they are most active at dawn and dusk. If you do see one, do not approach it and enjoy it from a distance.
  • Coyotes are naturally curious and may follow or observe you from a distance. If a coyote gets too close, DO NOT RUN. Face the coyote and maintain eye contact. If a coyote gets aggressive, make loud noises and wave your arms. If this doesn’t work, throw rocks or sticks.
  • Most encounters with coyotes result from the presence of a pet dog. This can be because the coyote sees the dog as potential competition, or – in the case of smaller dogs – as a food source. This is one reason why it is important to keep your dog on a leash at all times while on the Parkway.
  • Keep small children and pets close if you see a coyote and do not leave them unattended while in coyote territory.
  • January through March is coyote mating season. You may see coyotes exhibit more territorial behavior during this time.
  • A coyote may “escort” your dog away from den/territory, food or pups during pup rearing season (Spring and Summer). It may also bluff charge your dog if it gets too close.
  • If a coyote is aggressive, report the incident to Park Rangers by calling 3-1-1.

Learn more about coyotes and how you can help keep them wild from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Rattlesnake Encounters on the American River Parkway: How to Avoid Them and What to Do in the Event of a Bite

Rattlesnakes are found on the American River Parkway. As the weather heats up, they will become more active, including at night when they may be hard to see.

Fortunately, rattlesnake bites are rare and mostly occur during improper handling of a snake or when they’re brushed against by someone walking or climbing.

Here are some tips from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on how you can avoid a rattlesnake bite:

  • Stay alert when outdoors.
  • Wear sturdy boots and loose-fitting long pants. DO NOT wear sandals or flip-flops in brushy areas.
  • Stay on well-used trails. Avoid tall grass, weeds, and heavy underbrush.
  • Check rocks, stumps or logs before sitting down.
  • Shake out sleeping bag and tent before use.
  • Let others know where you are going, when you plan to return, and carry a cell phone. Hike with a companion when possible.
  • DO NOT grab “sticks” in water. Rattlesnakes can swim.
  • DO NOT let dogs off leash. Dogs are at increased risk when sniffing the ground near brushy areas.
  • DO NOT try to touch or handle a snake, dead or alive. Dead rattlers may still inject venom shortly after death.
  • Give live rattlesnakes enough space. They will usually escape before striking.

In the event of a rattlesnake bite, here is what you should do:

  • Stay calm – but act quickly!
  • Remove items which may constrict swelling (e.g., watches, rings, shoes).
  • Transport victim to the nearest medical facility.
    • Do NOT apply a tourniquet.
    • Do NOT pack the bite area in ice.
    • Do NOT cut the wound with a knife or razor.
    • Do NOT use your mouth to suck out the venom.
  • If a pet is bitten – Speak to your veterinarian about canine rattlesnake vaccine options.

Learn more about rattlesnakes, the importance of their conservation and how they behave at California Department of Fish and Wildlife website.

 

One Month Left to Submit a Letter of Intent for Funding from the TEICHERT-Parkway Fund

Up to $100,000 total will be distributed this year for one to three proposals that improve visitor experience on the American River Parkway

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – There is a little more than one month left to submit a Letter of Intent for the TEICHERT-Parkway Fund, according to the American River Parkway Foundation (Parkway Foundation). The TEICHERT-Parkway Fund will provide up to $100,000 in funding for proposals this year that improve the visitor experience on the American River Parkway (Parkway).

 

Letters of Intent are due June 15.

 

The TEICHERT-Parkway Fund is funded through generous donations from TEICHERT through their gravel mining operations and administered by the Parkway Foundation. Proposals should align with education, recreation, access or Parkway enhancements.

 

“Anyone can submit a proposal as long as the project occurs on or is connected to the American River Parkway,” said Dianna Poggetto, Parkway Foundation Executive Director. “This year we are especially looking for creative proposals that are innovative and link new technology to the Parkway’s visitor experience or enhance underutilized sections of the Parkway.”

 

Invitations to submit a full proposal will be shared with some applicants upon review of the Letters of Intent. Funding for successful applicants will be distributed in November of this year.

 

This is the second year for distribution of funding through the TEICHERT-Parkway Fund. In 2021, $20,000 was awarded to Romig Education Consultants to coordinate with local nonprofit organizations focused on Parkway education to develop a curriculum for Sacramento area schools that integrates the Parkway and meets current science standards.

 

“This group has attempted to work together in many forms for many years and this funding allows someone to further focus and organize the coalition; someone who has the time and financial backing to do this important work,” said Phil Romig, Founder of Romig Education Consultants. “As of this date, we have five educational programs on the parkway and 14 schools from a local district working together to design a systematic approach.”

 

Soil Born Farms was also awarded $19,500 in grant funding to establish access points to the Parkway from the organization’s campus. This will increase access to the Parkway and incorporate accessible walkways in the area.

 

More details about the TEICHERT-Parkway Fund, including how to apply, can be found at www.ARPF.org/ParkwayFund.

 

About the American River Parkway Foundation

The American River Parkway Foundation (Parkway Foundation) is the only nonprofit organization focused on active conservation of all 23 miles of the American River Parkway (Parkway). Through managing programs like volunteer clean-ups, infrastructure improvements, trail maintenance, fire mitigation and education, the Parkway Foundation leads and inspires the community to conserve and nurture the Parkway as a unique, accessible resource for everyone to enjoy. Learn more at www.ARPF.org.

 

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American River Parkway Foundation Bicycle Jersey

Did you know the American River Parkway Foundation has a bicycle jersey?

 

 

Regular price is $99, but the Parkway Foundation arranged for a special price of $79!

JERSEY DETAILS:

• Comfortable fit for every rider
• Full length hidden YKK zipper
• 3 rear cargo pockets
• Additional zippered pocket for valuables
• Elastic waistband with silicon gripper
• Reflective piping for visibility
• Men’s & Women’s sizing (XXS-5XL)
• Youth version also available (8-14)

Click here to check it our and order yours

More Than 13,450 Pounds of Trash and Debris Removed by hundreds of Volunteers During Spring Clean-Up

The American River Parkway Foundation’s second largest clean-up of the year focused on eight locations along the American River Parkway

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – More than 400 volunteers removed over 13,450 pounds of trash and debris from the American River Parkway (Parkway) during the American River Parkway Foundation’s (Parkway Foundation) Spring Clean-Up on Saturday, April 23. That’s more than 33 pounds per volunteer.

 

Spring Clean-Up is the Parkway Foundation’s second largest clean-up of the year and took place at eight locations along the Parkway this year, including: Discovery Park, Northgate Parkway Access, Cal Expo Parkway Access, Northrop Parkway Access, Howe Avenue River Access, Watt Avenue River Access, River Bend Park and the Upper Sunrise Recreation Area. This is the first time the clean-up has been held since 2019.

 

“We love and appreciate our volunteers. These are families and involved community members that are giving up part of their Saturday to help us conserve the American River Parkway,” said Dianna Poggetto, Parkway Foundation Executive Director. “We would not be able to make the impact we do without their dedication.”

 

Some of the most interesting items found during the clean-up:

  • The Sacramento Bee newspaper dispenser
  • Unicycle
  • Toy gun
  • Plastic barrel
  • Shopping carts
  • Electric scooters

 

In addition to Spring Clean-Up, the Parkway Foundation hosts the Great American River Clean Up. This event takes place along all 23 miles of the Parkway and will be on September 17 this year. These large clean-ups are complemented by smaller group clean-ups the Parkway Foundation hosts year-round to form the Parkway Foundation’s Clean-Up Program. Last year, more than 138,000 pounds of trash were removed by Parkway Foundation volunteers through this program.

 

More details about Parkway Foundation programs can be found at www.ARPF.org/Programs

 

About the American River Parkway Foundation

The American River Parkway Foundation (Parkway Foundation) is the only nonprofit organization focused on active conservation of all 23 miles of the American River Parkway (Parkway). Through managing programs like volunteer clean-ups, infrastructure improvements, trail maintenance, fire mitigation and education, the Parkway Foundation leads and inspires the community to conserve and nurture the Parkway as a unique, accessible resource for everyone to enjoy. Learn more at www.ARPF.org.

 

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American River Parkway Foundation Launches the #LoveTheParkway Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 18, 2022

 

American River Parkway Foundation Launches the #LoveTheParkway Campaign

Campaign will highlight the benefits of the Parkway and how the community can play a role in its stewardship

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The American River Parkway Foundation (Parkway Foundation) announced today it launched the #LoveTheParkway Campaign (#LoveTheParkway) to engage the community in the stewardship of the American River Parkway (Parkway) and encourage the community to explore the Parkway and discover all of the benefits it has to offer. #LoveTheParkway will be woven into all aspects of the Parkway Foundation, including; social media, newsletter communications, education on trail etiquette, programs, advocacy and merchandise.

“The #LoveTheParkway Campaign promotes the American River Parkway as an open resource for everyone to connect with nature right here in the middle of the urban core,” said Dianna Poggetto, the Parkway Foundation’s Executive Director. “There is no other park like it in the country and we want to ensure that visitors have a wonderful experience.”

The community and visitors can get involved in #LoveTheParkway by including the hashtag in social media posts about the Parkway. They can also submit testimonials about what the Parkway means to them by emailing info@arpf.org or posting on social media using #LoveTheParkway.

The Greater Sacramento Region and beyond can financially support the Parkway through donations to the Parkway Foundation and by buying merchandise. Proceeds are invested into Parkway Foundation programs that directly benefit the Parkway. Information can be found at www.ARPF.org.

“The Parkway Foundation focuses on conservation of the Parkway through clean-ups, trail maintenance, infrastructure improvements, invasive plant removal, fire mitigation, education on trail etiquette, and outdoor education. We wouldn’t be able to complete our work without the tremendous support of our thousands of volunteers,” said Poggetto.

The Parkway stretches 23 miles along the American River from the confluence with the Sacramento River up to Nimbus Dam. It is 4,800 acres in size and contains a diversity of habitats that are home to a variety of wildlife, including birds, coyotes, bobcats, snakes and even the occasional mountain lion.

The Parkway also serves as a source for recreation, which is why the Lower American River was designated as a National Wild and Scenic River. Every year, 5-8 million people visit the Parkway to run, hike, cycle, ride horses, kayak, float, bird watch and more.

“The Parkway is more than just a park. It’s everyone’s backyard. We appreciate the love the Sacramento region has for this urban jewel and are committed to its stewardship,” said Poggetto.

About the American River Parkway Foundation
The American River Parkway Foundation (Parkway Foundation) is the only nonprofit organization focused on conservation of all 23 miles of the American River Parkway (Parkway). Through managing programs like volunteer clean-ups, infrastructure improvements, trail maintenance, fire mitigation and education, the Parkway Foundation leads and inspires the community to conserve and nurture the Parkway as a unique, accessible resource for everyone to enjoy. Learn more at www.ARPF.org.

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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.

 

Stories

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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