FOX 40: $25 Million to Address homeless crisis along American River

The American River Parkway Foundation says the Parkway spans across 23 miles and is used by around 8 million people a year. They say homelessness along the river is putting this natural treasure in jeopardy.

“Just last Saturday during the Great American River Clean-Up more than 1,300 volunteers removed almost 41,000 pounds of trash from the Parkway, including hypodermic needles, other drug paraphernalia as well as trash and human waste.”

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The Sacramento Bee: Nearly 40,000 pounds of trash cleared from American River parkway during cleanup

More than 1,200 volunteers on Saturday gathered to pick up trash on the American River parkway, from Discovery Park in Sacramento to Black Miner’s Bar in Folsom. The annual Great American River Cleanup is organized by the American River Parkway Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 1983.

“We really appreciate the love that the Sacramento community shows for the parkway,” said Scot Murdoch, the foundation’s director of communications.

As of Saturday afternoon, Murdoch said that they were close to hitting their goal of 40,000 pounds of trash collected.

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KFBK: Volunteer for the Great American River Cleanup September 17

Volunteers are preparing for the Great American River Clean-Up (GARCU), the largest annual clean-up on the American River Parkway (Parkway), according to the American River Parkway Foundation (Parkway Foundation). This year, around 1,000 volunteers will be at more than 20 locations along the Parkway on Sept. 17, 2022 from 9 a.m. to noon removing trash and debris.

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KISS 107.9: American River Cleanup Weekend

According to Dianna Poggetto, the Parkway Foundation’s executive director, “The Great American River Clean-Up helps remove tens of thousands of pounds of trash from the American River Parkway in one day. This is a great way for the community as a whole to come together and help with efforts to conserve our urban jewel.”

Saturday’s volunteer event is open to people of all ages, but those under 18 must be signed in by a parent or guardian, and those 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

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The Sacramento Bee: Largest annual clean-up of the American River Parkway is about to begin. How you can volunteer

This is the American River Parkway Foundation’s largest annual clean-up event and is held on California Coastal Cleanup Day, a volunteer commitment to tidy local waterways and beaches.

“The Great American River Clean-Up helps remove tens of thousands of pounds of trash from the American River Parkway in one day,” Dianna Poggetto, the Parkway Foundation’s executive director, said in a news release. “This is a great way for the community as a whole to come together and help with efforts to conserve our urban jewel.”

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ABC10: What to know about trail etiquette on the American River Parkway

The American River Parkway is an escape for runners, bikers and even dogs, but the rules of the trail can be confusing for some.

Dianna Poggetto, the executive director of the American River Parkway Foundation, says trail users have to work together on the parkway to stay safe.

“You’ve got cyclists, you’ve got runners, you’ve got equestrians, you have walkers… so you have many users that have to all work together,” said Poggetto. “Look, this is a park. The bottom line is that everyone should have fun out here, and to appreciate it. The last thing anyone wants is to be injured on the parkway.”

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