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September 2018 Newsletter


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September 2018
Clean Up Register Now!
Saturday, September 15
| 9am-12pm
Great American River Cleanup @ 20 Sites
Work Day Wednesday, September 19 | Closed Event
Intel - Trail Work @ Nimbus
Work Day Thursday, September 20 | 2-4pm | RSVP
Native Garden Work Day @ ARPF
Work Day Friday, September 14 & 21 | Closed Event
AmeriCorps NCCC - Trails & Invasive Plants
Clean Up Saturday, September 29 | Closed Event
UCLA Alumni - Cleanup @ Rossmoor Bar
Cleanup Saturday, October 6 | 9am-12pm | RSVP
River Cleanup @ Sailor Bar
Invasive Plant Removal Invasive Plant Removal Work Day Work Day Clean Up Cleanup Event Special Event

ARPF Achievements
Sustainable Saturday
Pictured: Sustainable Saturday volunteers removed 3,000 red sesbania plants from the Arden Bar islands!
During the month of August, 166 awesome volunteers joined us for 503.25 hours! They removed more than 2,039 pounds of trash and 16,936 invasive plants (including stinkwort, Chinese tallow, red sesbania, and broom) from the American River Parkway.

Groups from Boldt Construction, Core Power Yoga,, and USI joined us throughout the month!

Office Volunteers Needed
Not a fan of the summer heat but want to volunteer? We're looking for volunteers to help with data entry in our office! Volunteer opportunities are available Monday - Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. If you'd like to help out (and spend some extra time with our staff), please email

ARPF Champion

Meet Keith Coolidge, longtime member of the American River Parkway Foundation's Board of Directors and Marketing/Development Committee. Keith joined our board in 2011, and has been actively involved ever since! Read on to learn more about Keith.

Tell us briefly about yourself.
I came to Sacramento in 2003 after earlier careers as a newspaper executive at papers in New York, North Carolina, and Southern California, and later as a local government executive in Orange County. For the past 15 years I have been working to balance water supply and environmental issues in the Delta region, now with the Delta Stewardship Council.

What ARPF volunteer activities/programs do you support?
I am at the end of my eighth year on the Parkway Foundation Board and as a member of its marketing committee. I participate in river cleanups (still amazed and distressed by the amount of trash that accumulates!) and contribute each year to the Foundation, and to Summer Solstice on the Parkway.

Describe your connection to the Parkway. What does the Parkway mean to you?
I first learned about the Parkway when I would travel to Sacramento on business. Running the trails or bike path was a great way to recover between long days in the Capitol. Now I live next to the Parkway and have come to appreciate all of the recreational and educational opportunities it represents.

What initially drew you to ARPF? Why have you continued volunteering?
My first experience with ARPF was through an invitation to the opening of the Streng Volunteer Center in 2007. I was impressed by the dedication and diversity of the volunteers and the commitment of the Board and staff. Since then, as government funding has dwindled, the operational and funding support provided by ARPF and its army of volunteers has become so much more important to maintaining the overall health of the Parkway.

How would you describe your volunteer experience? Would you encourage others to volunteer on the Parkway?
Volunteering for the Parkway Foundation is a great way help sustain a community resource and environmental treasure. The great people you meet are an added bonus!

Do you have a favorite Parkway memory or experience?
Biking home by the light of a harvest moon after misjudging how long daylight would last; a deer that toyed with a struggling runner on the horse trail, dashing ahead, then turning around and waiting for me to come catch up, then dashing off again.

Call to Community
In 1993, the American River Parkway Foundation founded its core program, Adopt-A-Mile, to give community members the opportunity to have a direct stake in the well-being of the American River Parkway. The program recruits volunteer Mile Stewards, who each make a two-year commitment to clean and maintain one mile of the Parkway.

The Adopt-A-Mile program expanded in 1997 to include financial Mile Sponsors, who adopt a mile of the Parkway through a donation that funds the maintenance of that mile.

There are 46 miles for adoption – one for the north bank and one for the south bank of each mile of the Parkway. Mile Stewards and Mile Sponsors both receive their name on the mile marker along the Jedidiah Smith Memorial Bike Trail, and are invited to attend regular seminars and trainings with the ARPF.

We are currently looking for community members interested in becoming a Mile Steward or Mile Sponsor. Click the button below to learn more or send us an email!

Picnic Table

Memorial Tables
Donate a picnic table to the American River Parkway in honor of an individual or group! The American River Parkway Foundation partners with Sacramento County Regional Parks' to provide a Community Recognition Program, through which community members can donate a picnic table to the American River Parkway.
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ARPF Events
Great American River Cleanup
Great American River Cleanup
Join us for our biggest cleanup of the year on Saturday, September 15th from 9am-noon! The Great American River Cleanup mobilizes thousands of Sacramentans to clean up Sacramento's backyard - the American River Parkway. Gather your friends, family and coworkers at one of 20 cleanup sites along the Parkway (map):

Discovery Park | C Street Bike Bridge | Northgate Blvd | Sutter's Landing | Cal Expo | Paradise Beach | Guy West Bridge | Howe Ave | Watt Ave | Larchmont | Gristmill | William B. Pond Park | River Bend Park | Ancil Hoffman Park | Sarah Ct | El Manto Dr | Sunrise Rec Area | Sailor Bar | Nimbus Fish Hatchery | Negro Bar

Trucks needed at Northgate! If you're volunteering at our Northgate Blvd Site, send an email to let us know if you have a truck or trailer that can be used to transport trash to the dumpster.

GARCU is part of the larger California Coastal Cleanup Day, coordinated by the California Coastal Commission. Cleaning up our inland waterways is an essential component to cleaner, healthier oceans!


Photo by Judy Stansbury/Wagtale Photography
Saturday, October 20th | 8-11am | William B. Pond Park

Walk your dog to prevent water pollution on the Parkway! Howlin' on the Parkway is returning on Saturday, October 20th at William B. Pond Park! Get your family and your pooch ready for a morning full of fun including a walk on Parkway trails, a costume competition, pet adoptions from Sacramento County's Bradshaw Animal Shelter, vendors, food trucks, raffle prizes, and more.

Proceeds from Howlin' on the Parkway will help provide dog poop bags on the American River Parkway through the Parkway Foundation's Pups in the Park program. Pet waste is an environmental pollutant containing bacteria that can contaminate the river and soil as well as cause diseases if not disposed of properly. So help protect our waterways by walking your dog on Saturday, October 20th!


Run the Parkway | Sunday, November 4th | William B. Pond Park
20-Miler, Half Marathon & Untimed Fun Run/Walk

The American River Parkway Foundation is proud to partner with the Sacramento Running Association to bring Sacramento's running community together in support of the American River Parkway at the 3rd annual Run the Parkway! Proceeds will benefit the Parkway Foundation's trail maintenance program, keeping the Parkway's equestrian/hiking trails accessible for all.

Volunteers are CRITICAL to the success of this event. Help out with packet pickup and registration, setup and teardown, at the start/finish line, on the course and more. Click the button below to sign up!

Groups needed for aid stations! If your group is interested in hosting an aid station (minimum of 20 volunteers), send us an email at

Store Donate

Parkway Art for Sale
Bring the magic of the Parkway into your home! Visit our office (map) to view photographs and artwork available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the American River Parkway Foundation.
Mosaic of Place
Mosaic of Place Photography
Make a statement with this gorgeously detailed 9'x3' aluminum panorama of the American River Parkway at dawn near Rio Americano High School. To purchase, contact Jamieson Scott at (530) 723-3747 or send him an email.
David Dawson Photography Stan Phillippe Photography
Photography by David DawsonChoose from 3 photos by local photographer David Dawson, professionally matted and framed. David also volunteers alongside Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento, Volunteer Steward of Mile 6-North. Stan Phillippe Photography
ARPF board member Stan Phillippe spends his free time photographing the American River Parkway. Check out Stan's photo of the river at 80,000 cfs in 2016!
Roots of Connection Crude Elegance
Roots of Connection by Guy Galante
We're pleased to display this stunning photo (printed on canvas), "Coyote Medicine," taken by local photographer Guy Galante along the equestrian trail near Mile 12-North of the Parkway. To purchase, contact Guy Galante at (916) 995-0625 or send him an email.
"Crude Elegance" Assemblages by Gene McKinnon
Gene incorporates natural elements from the American River Parkway. He has 3 "Crude Elegance" pieces available for purchase in our office, and is also a local photographer!

Partner Highlight
Rubio's Rubio's puts a new spin on the term "TGIF" - "Thank Goodness it’s Fish Friday!" All day on Fridays, enjoy a $6 Original Fish Two Taco Plate and $2 beers at participating locations (no coupon required). Plus, volunteer at the Great American River Cleanup on September 15th and receive a coupon for a free taco from Rubio's!
American River Raft Rentals Capital Hop Shop Cap Tap
Colleen Watters Kinetic Cycles Refill Madness
River Rat Visit Rancho Sportsman's Warehouse
University Auto Fleet Feet Sac  

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