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October 2018


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October 2018
Cleanup Thursday, October 4 | 3-4:30pm | RSVP
Peak Adventures Cleanup @ Guy West Bridge
Cleanup Saturday, October 6 | 9am-12pm | FULL
River Cleanup @ Sailor Bar
Cleanup Saturday, October 13 | 9am-12pm | RSVP
Steelhead Creek Cleanup (18+ only)
Work Day Thursday, October 18 | 2-4pm | RSVP
Native Garden Work Day @ ARPF
Event Howlin' on the Parkway
Saturday, October 20
| Register | Volunteer
8-11am @ William B. Pond Park
Run the Parkway @ William B. Pond Park
Saturday & Sunday, November 3-4
Invasive Plant Removal Invasive Plant Removal Work Day Work Day Cleanup Clean Up Event Special Event
Data entry volunteers needed! If you'd like to help in our office during the week, send an email to

ARPF Achievements
On September 15th, 1,226 volunteers joined us for our annual Great American River Cleanup. During this Parkway-wide cleanup, volunteers removed 20,176 pounds of trash from 21 sites on the American River Parkway in just 3 hours.

The Great American River Cleanup is part of Coastal Cleanup Day, hosted annually by the California Coastal Commission on the 3rd Saturday of September. Mark your calendars for the 2019 cleanup on Saturday, September 21st!

A special thank you goes out to our site captains for making this a successful cleanup: Joey Martinez & Sac State Sustainability, Dave Tarquino & Sacramento Bike Hikers, Bill Hambrick & Leigh Rutledge, Justin Saenz & Sacramento Young Marines, Leslie Laudon, Allison Wells & Cal Expo, Nancy Sinnwell & James Scott, Angela Weire & Sac State Housing, Lori Christensen, Pete Spaulding, Greg Bitner, Chris Balaam, Lily Berwick, Steve Wilcox, Melissa Shumate, Chris Cullen, Alyssa Hernandez & Sacramento Running Association, Mariah Thomas, Friends of Lakes Folsom and Natoma, Chris Ronshausen & US Fish & Wildlife, and Brad Freelove & Dolphin Divers of Sacramento
Regional San Whole Foods CA American Water
Rubio's Blue Shield Balanced Body
Dart Remy Moose Manley Sac Foods Co-Op
In September, volunteers spent a total of 4,080 hours on the American River Parkway! In addition to the Great American River Cleanup, 172 volunteers removed 2,347 pounds of trash and 11,585 invasive plants (including red sesbania, catalpa, stinkwort and Chinese tallow) from the Parkway. September
Groups from AmeriCorps NCCC, Berkshire Hathaway-Drysdale Properties, Intel, the UCLA Alumni Sacramento Network joined us to remove trash and clear trails along the Parkway!

ARPF Champion
Divers Divers
For more than 30 years, volunteer divers from the Dolphin Divers of Sacramento and the Sacramento Seahorses have joined us to remove trash from the river's banks and bed during our annual Great American River Cleanup.

Read on for a highlight from Brad Freelove, Great American River Cleanup site captain and longtime volunteer with the Parkway Foundation!

"My name is Brad Freelove and I am a volunteer with the American River Parkway Foundation. Living in Sacramento my entire life, I have used and enjoyed our local lakes, rivers, and parks for as long as I can remember. The vision established by the ARPF, keeping the parkway a sustainable and protected resource for all, is one that I share with many Sacramento residents.

"For almost 30 years, fellow members of both Dolphin Divers of Sacramento and the Sacramento Seahorses get together annually to pull out trash from the American River Parkway.  In support of the ARPF’s Great American River Clean Up, we travel down the river, both on the surface and underwater, looking for items that do not belong there.  Cans, bottles, shoes, fishing equipment, lawnmowers, golf balls…well, you get the idea and we pull out all that we can. At the completion of our trip we recycle much of what we have collected. During our journey down the river, we get to enjoy watching turtles, beavers, and the varied fish and bird life that the parkway has to offer.

"Without the support, time, and effort donated by thousands of ARPF volunteers, the 23 mile-long American River Parkway would soon become a source of embarrassment for all. Volunteer if you can. We will be on and under the waters of the river again soon. Come join us."


Our Native Plant Garden will be going through some changes over the next 18 months. Located around our headquarters at the entrance to William B. Pond Park (map), the garden was planted in 2006 and boy, has it grown! 

Thanks to the creative forces of Alex Hysel (Topia Concepts), Lea Allen (NeoTeric) and Sam Allen (Grounded), our updated Native Garden will be divided into zones: birds, pollinators, ceanothus, redbud forest and an understory/scrub area. Get ideas from all of these zones to plant in your own back yard!

Thank you to Topia Concepts Landscape Architecture, NeoTeric Design Group and Grounded Real Estate for their generous in-kind contribution and vision. Click the "Learn More" button below to stay tuned as our garden revamp unfolds!


Topia Concepts grounded
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Imagine you're a first-time visitor to the American River Parkway. Maybe you're interested in learning about the Parkway's history and how many species of animals and plants call the Parkway home; or, maybe you just want to know how far you are from the nearest restroom.
What signs do you think would improve your experience on the Parkway? Use the button below to send us an email and let us know!

ARPF Events
Howlin' on the Parkway
Photo by Judy Stansbury/Wagtale Photography
Howlin' on the Parkway

Walk for cleaner waterways on October 20th.
Lace up your walking shoes and leash up your pup - Howlin' on the Parkway is returning on Saturday, October 20th from 8-11am at William B. Pond Park! Just $5 for adults and FREE for kids, get ready for a morning full of fun including:

Howlin' on the Parkway helps raise funds and awareness for the American River Parkway Foundation's Pups in the Park program, providing dog poop bags at 17 stations across the Parkway 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.

Dogs not required to participate! Click the buttons below to register , or join us as a volunteer.

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Run the Parkway
Volunteer at Run the Parkway
Volunteer at Run the Parkway on Sunday, November 4th.
Want to experience all the excitement of a race without running a single mile? Volunteer with us as we partner with the Sacramento Running Association to host the 3rd annual Run the Parkway!

Volunteers are at the core of every component of Run the Parkway - from parking and packet pickup, to course marshals during the race, to handing out medals and pouring beer at the finish line, and more.

Groups needed for aid stations! If your group is interested in hosting an aid station (minimum of 20 volunteers), send us an email at Want to help? Click the button below to sign up!

Run the Parkway is the official training run of the California International Marathon, featuring a 20-mile distance, half marathon, and an un-timed nature fun run/walk. Proceeds from the race benefit Sacramento's treasured training venue, the American River Parkway, through the Parkway Foundations programs.


Partner Highlight
Acting as a knowledgeable and realistic guide with compassion, Colleen Watters assists families and individuals to plan accordingly to assure their wealth passes easily to their loved ones, beloved pets and charitable interests.

Colleen is a native of Sacramento, a Board Member and Chair of the planned giving committee for the Placer SPCA, and a member of the Marketing & Development committee for the American River Parkway Foundation. She spends her free time hiking the river trails with her dog, Seamus (pronounced Shāmus) & riding horses at Rockwood Glen Stables in Sacramento.

Colleen Watters
American River Raft Rentals Capital Hop Shop Cap Tap
Colleen Watters Kinetric Cycles Refill Madness
River Rat Visit Rancho Sportsman's Warehouse
Rubio's University Auto Fleet Feet

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