Update on the March 31 Deadline

Thank you to everyone who helped with the push of our local leaders to develop a plan for removing illegal campers from the American River Parkway by March 31, including the Sacramento Coalition to End Homelessness for adopting the timeline. This topic has gained momentum in our discussions with local stakeholders about how this ties into the larger issue of homelessness in Sacramento County and how we can work together to develop solutions.

So far the American River Parkway Foundation has received a response from the County of Sacramento, but no plan. And the City of Sacramento has not responded.

We’re not done yet.

Even though the March 31 deadline has passed, this issue is too important to let go. We will continue to grow the Foundation’s Voice of the Parkway Coalition and rely on its members to support our messaging to local leaders. We are also increasing our work with nontraditional stakeholders along with local businesses and corporations to apply unified pressure on our local leaders.

Our message remains that the County of Sacramento and City of Sacramento need to stop blaming each other and work together on this issue. If they don’t, it will only continue to worsen and our communities, businesses and local parks will pay the price.

Ongoing Conversations with Stakeholders

Since the submission of our Demand Letter, the American River Parkway Foundation has had ongoing conversations with local leaders as well as regional stakeholders to discuss the larger issue of homelessness in Sacramento County, how it ties into illegal camping on the Parkway and how we can all push for solutions. The Foundation appreciates everyone who has taken the time to meet with us and to the Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness for adopting our March 31 deadline. The common theme we’ve heard in our discussions continues to be the inability of the County of Sacramento and City of Sacramento to work together on the largest issue affecting this region. Only with this cooperation can we develop a plan that removes illegal campers from the Parkway and into the services they need and deserve.

We will continue to meet with local stakeholders and discuss our ongoing push for solutions together.

Want to join us? Sign up for our Voice of the Parkway Coalition.

Bringing Local Leaders Together for the Good of the Community

Local leaders joined ARPF volunteers, board members and staff on March 12 for a clean-up near the Northgate River Access that allowed them to get a firsthand perspective at the destruction that’s taking place on the Parkway and discuss solutions.

This was an opportunity for our local leaders to hear from ARPF volunteers, board members and staff as well as interact with illegal campers on the Parkway. We appreciated the exchange of ideas while the City, County and ARPF worked together to make a difference in our community. We look forward to continued collaboration.

Thank you to all of our local leaders who joined us:

Assemblymember Kevin McCarty
Supervisor Don Nottoli
Supervisor Rich Desmond
Supervisor Patrick Kennedy
Mayor Darrell Steinberg
Councilmember Katie Valenzuela
Sacramento County Recreation and Park Commissioner Claudia Goss
Sacramento County Recreation and Park Commissioner Dan Gonzales
Sacramento County Regional Parks Director Liz Bellas
Sacramento Fire Department Fire Marshall Jason Lee

Thank you also to the media that came out to tell the story. If you haven’t yet, check out the coverage:



FOX 40

Inside Publications (Coming Soon!)

Letter/Email Template and Call Script for Contacting Our Local Leaders



Thank you for learning more about getting involved.

Click here for the Email/Letter and Call templates



Mayor Darrell Steinberg, City of Sacramento

Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby, City of Sacramento District 1

Councilmember Sean Loloee, City of Sacramento District 2

Councilmember Jeff Harris, City of Sacramento District 3

Councilmember Katie Valenzuela, City of Sacramento District 4

Councilmember Jay Schenirer, City of Sacramento District 5

Councilmember Eric Guerra, City of Sacramento District 6

Councilmember Rick Jennings II, City of Sacramento District 7

Councilmember Mai Vang, City of Sacramento District 8

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



Liz Bellas, Sacramento County Regional Parks Director

Leonard Orman, Chief Ranger


Parkway Partners is Back!


We are bringing back our Parkway Partners program. This is a tool for local businesses along or near the American River Parkway to show their community that they support the efforts made to conserve and protect our Sacramento treasure.

There are three levels of financial investments in which a businesses can chose to participate, with each level offering multiple benefits, including features on our website, ARPF promotional videos, social media shares and features in our monthly newsletter sent to over 16,000 subscribers.

We’re looking to pair with new partners for 2022. For more information about the program and to discuss how your business fits with the Parkway, contact April Potter at (916) 486-2773 or apotter@arpf.org.

An investment in the Parkway is a valuable investment in our community.

Changes to Sacramento County’s Annual Park Passes

At the January 25 meeting, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors approved changes to the Regional Parks Department Fee Schedule, which included an increase in park pass fees. Starting March 1, prices for annual passes will increase to:

Vehicle — $60.00
For standard motor vehicles.

Motorized Vessel/RV — $120.00
For RVs and motorized watercraft 22 feet and larger and other oversized vehicles or trailers. May also be used for the vehicle alone.

*Reminder that the County of Sacramento discontinued the passes for horse trailers and non-motorized watercraft this year.

Another change to the park passes is the addition of a Senior Discount, which will be $30. An ID will need to be shown at time of purchase.

The discounted Low Income Pass and free passes for Distinguished veterans will continue. We will provide more information on our website and social media once it becomes available.

Demand Letter: Progress Being Made

In January, the American River Parkway Foundation (ARPF) submitted a letter to the County of Sacramento and City of Sacramento demanding they take action to alleviate the amount of illegal camping on the Parkway and provide funding for restoration efforts. Park rangers estimate 2,000 people are spending the night/living along the 23-mile stretch of the Parkway. This is having an impact on the wildlife, the environment, critical infrastructure and visitors by diminishing water quality, increasing fire danger and introducing contaminants.

Read the full demand letter here

For years, local leaders have developed plans to provide resources and housing for the unhoused throughout the County. With record amounts of funding available, it’s now time for the County and City to work together to implement solutions and get as many of these individuals as possible into housing where they can receive the services they need.

Since the submission of the letter, ARPF has been in contact with two Sacramento County Supervisors and four Sacramento City Councilmember as well as a number of organizations and individuals focused on helping the unhoused. Our outreach is continuing with the goal to connect with more of our local leaders and advocates.

Media also had an interest in our story. We provided comments to The Sacramento Bee and conducted interviews with CBS 13, ABC10, KFBK, Capital Public Radio and The Carmichael Times explaining why we submitted this letter and what we are hoping to see from our local leaders. You can find links in our social media.

Please stay tuned for updates as our efforts continue.

Great American River Clean-Up 2021

On Saturday, September 18, 2021, more than 800 local residents removed 23,000 pounds of trash along the river in the span of just three hours for the annual Great American River Clean-Up (GARCU) in conjunction with the California Coastal Commission’s annual statewide clean up event. Volunteers of all ages gathered to collect trash and debris from Discovery Park to the Nimbus Fish Hatchery. Not only is trash unsightly for American River Parkway visitors, it pollutes our waterways, disturbs natural habitats and harms wildlife.

The total weight of garbage collected was the equivalent of about a school bus! Amidst this massive haul were some unusual items, including a prom dress, a yarn voodoo doll and a side chair with matching ottoman.

The 2021 GARCU event was held from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at 17 different locations along the 23-mile long Parkway. Participating groups included:

Sacramento Valley Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

Employees of Hearst Broadcasting

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

Members Church of God International


CGI Consulting

Metro Edge

Sacramento Association of Realtors

Student Action Club at Del Oro

Sac State Student Environmental Organization

Sac State Community Engagement Center

Girl Scout Troop 3997

Students of Jesuit High School

Gold River Community Association

GARCU is our largest annual clean-up event. For nearly 40 years, we have invited the community to take part in this statewide movement that mobilizes tens of thousands of volunteers throughout California to clean up trash from local beaches, lakes and waterways.

In past years, up to 2,100 local volunteers have come out to help remove debris from multiple areas along the river, highlighting why the Parkway is the greatest civic amenity in this region.

Our financial sponsors are an important part of APRF volunteer efforts, providing funds for supplies, such as trash bags, nitrile gloves, hand sanitizer, first aid kits, water and snacks. For more information about volunteering for or sponsoring a Parkway clean up event, please contact us at (916) 486-2773 or email volunteer@arpf.org.

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Bikes. Beer. BBQ.

What better way to have fun and support Sacramento’s uniquely remarkable urban park?

On Saturday, September 25, 2021 ride your bicycle along the beautiful American River Parkway, then party with us at William B. Pond Park with tasty barbecue, refreshing beer, and live music. Your registration fee includes support for your ride with rest stops along three route options, festival entry, lunch, beverages, and one drawing ticket for a chance to win awesome prizes!

Additional prize drawing tickets will be available for purchase during the event. Cash only!

Featuring live music from Rod Stinson Band and catering by Rossi Catering.


The Route

Want to bring the kids along? Or, maybe you’d like to skip the ride and just join us for the food and fun? We have options for you!

We offer multiple options for cyclists of any ability. Choose from three suggested routes, ranging from 5 miles to 26 miles, or challenge yourself by riding the entire paved Jedediah Smith Memorial bike trail. All three event routes start and finish at the William B. Pond recreational area and are supported with rest stops along the way.

Cruiser Route — 5 miles
Depart at 9:00 am. Ride upstream and turn around at Hagan Park.

Fixie Route — 12 miles
Depart at 8:00 am. Ride downstream and turn around at Guy West Bridge.

Roadie Route — 26+ miles
Depart at 7:00 am. Ride downstream and turn around at Discovery Park. Optional add-on: Ride upstream and turn around at Nimbus Fish Hatchery.

Rest Stop Hours:

Discovery Park
7:30 am to 10:30 am

Guy West Bridge
8:00 am to 11:30 am

Upper Sunrise
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Team Challenge

Are you a member of a cycling team or club? Include your team name with your registration to compete for our annual Ride the Parkway team prize for most riders!

Be sure all teammates enter the same team name to be included in the count


Party Details

Post-ride festivities begin at 11:00 am at William B. Pond Park recreational area.

A delicious barbecue lunch will be provided by Rossi Catering (vegetarian options will be available), along with beer sponsored by local breweries, while you enjoy live music by the Rod Simpson Band.

Plus, your drawing ticket will give you a chance to win cool prizes from local restaurants, breweries, cycle shops, and more. Additional tickets available for purchase during the event. Cash only!

Bring your lawn chair or picnic blanket!


Our NEW Ride the Parkway bike jerseys are now available to order!

Orders from our jersey vendor Jakroo typically take about two weeks from online purchase to product delivery, so be sure to place your order in advance of the Ride the Parkway event.

We recommend placing your order by September 1st to make sure you have your jersey in time for the Ride the Parkway event.

$79 each

ARPF arranged a discounted “team” price of $79 per jersey. (Regular retail price for the Jakroo FONDO jersey style is $99.)


• 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)


A big thank you to our Ride the Parkway event sponsors:

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