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Discovery Park
December 2018
Work Day Saturday, December 15 | 9am-12pm | RSVP
Native Garden Workday @ ARPF
Cleanup Thursday, December 20 | Closed Event
Intel Cleanup @ TBD
Cleanup Friday, December 21 | Closed Event
Country Day School Cleanup @ Kadema Dr
Invasive Plant Removal Invasive Plant Removal Work Day Work Day Cleanup Clean Up Event Special Event
Our office will be closed December 24-25 for Christmas, and January 1 for New Year's Day. Happy Holidays!

ARPF Achievements
Aid Station Volunteers
Pictured: Run the Parkway aid station volunteers from the National Charities League
In November, 411 volunteers joined us for a total of 1,368 hours on the American River Parkway and removed 767 lbs of trash and 3,377 invasive plants (including red sesbania and Spanish broom)! Volunteers also helped at the 3rd annual Run the Parkway on Sunday, November 4th. November
Shout out to these organizations for sending groups to help at Run the Parkway: from AmeriCorps NCCC, CSUS Beta Alpha Psi Accounting & Finance Honor Society, East Sacramento Women's Club, Fort Sutter Lions Club, National Charities League, Nestle Waters, Rio Americano High School Cross Country, Wells Fargo, and West Campus High School.

ARPF Champion
Ken Fong

Ken Fong

Meet Ken Fong, ARPF events volunteer extraordinaire. Ken first volunteered on the American River Parkway in 2009 and has since spent 74 hours with us, including 59 hours at our special events! We appreciate Ken's dedication to the Parkway and our events - read on to learn more about him.

Tell us briefly about yourself.
I am born and raised in Sacramento, went to Sacramento High, Sacramento City College, UC Davis, and CSUS. I am a marketing and business strategist, focused on helping small and family-owned businesses grow.

What ARPF programs do you support?
I just try to make myself useful wherever I can. I have volunteered for Summer Solstice setup, Ride the Parkway, Run the Parkway, the Great American River Cleanup, and more.

Describe your connection to the Parkway. What does the Parkway mean to you?
The American River Parkway is a jewel that I think a lot of residents take for granted. It is something that needs to be preserved and maintained. Where else are you going to find a place that has 20 miles of river surrounded by the beauty of nature and is easily accessible to all?

What initially drew you to ARPF? Why have you continued volunteering?
I was first introduced to volunteering at ARPF back when I was working at a Geotechnical Engineering firm in their IT Department. They had created a team of people that did an area clean-up, and I signed up for the event. I just continued donating my time to the ARPF.

As a Rotarian (past president of the Rotary Club of Natomas), I fully embrace their motto of "Service Above Self." I meet great people and serve the community at the same time in my volunteering efforts.  I also volunteer at other organizations – the Sacramento Running Association, Stanford Settlement, KVIE, and anything that happens to catch my eye when I have some down time on the weekends.

How would you describe your volunteer experience? Would you encourage others to volunteer on the Parkway?
My volunteer experience has always been enjoyable; the team at ARPF are motivated people, doing an amazing job with a small staff. They are only able to do their work with the help of amazing people that donate their time to help keep the Parkway alive and well for all to enjoy. If you enjoy the outdoors, they have plenty of opportunities for you; if you’d rather be indoors, they can use you too with helping in the office.

Do you have a favorite Parkway memory or experience?
I remember riding my old 3 speed bike with a couple of high school friends from Discovery Park to the end (at that time, it didn’t even reach the high school) and back, and rafting down the American River a few times.

Our Adopt-A-Mile Program is essential to the health of the American River Parkway, providing volunteer and financial support for each of the Parkway's 23 miles on both sides of the river. Two miles on the Parkway are currently open for adoption:
  • Financial: Mile 4-South (behind REI & Costco off Exposition Blvd)
  • Volunteer: Mile 0-North (Discovery Park)

Financial Sponsors fund the maintenance of a mile while Volunteer Stewards clean and maintain the mile. Both receive recognition via a sign with their name on the mile marker along the Jedediah Smith Memorial Bike Trail, and are invited to attend regular seminars and trainings with the ARPF.

Click the button below to learn more or send us an email!


For each of you, the Parkway symbolizes something: a place for recreation, birdwatching, family reunions, kayaking, exploring or solitude. It truly takes a village to care for this space. The American River Parkway Foundation counts on you and more than 6,000 volunteers to ensure our parkway will be here for future generations.
Become a Foundation member (or renew your membership) and help us continue to provide essential programs so all can enjoy the Parkway.
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ARPF Events
Run the Parkway
Photo courtesy of Sean Dulany/Sacramento Running Association
Run the Parkway
More than 1,000 runners and 250 volunteers joined us for a successful 3rd annual Run the Parkway on Sunday, November 4th! Thank you to our volunteers, participants, vendors, sponsors, and the Sacramento Running Association for bringing Sacramento's running community together in support of the region's favorite training ground - the American River Parkway.

$30,000 from the race will benefit the American River Parkway Foundation's Trail Maintenance Program, which includes mowing grass and noxious weeds, replacing damaged or vandalized signs, and removing downed trees along the Parkway's 30+ miles of dirt trails.

Sacramento Running Association

Parkway Fun Run
This past Saturday, 137 runners participated in the Parkway Fun Run for Everyone, hosted by our intern Lauren Calcagno as her senior project for Rio Americano High School's Civitas program. Lauren's project raised more than $6,000, the proceeds of which will benefit the Parkway Foundation's program.

Thank you to Lauren and her sponsors, volunteers and runners for participating in this fun event! Click the button below to check out a video of the run.

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Read on for a note from Lauren about her project:

Hello, my name is Lauren Calcagno and I am a senior at Rio Americano High School.  I am a 4-year Varsity Track and Field and Cross Country athlete and am also part of a political science academy called Civitas.  Civitas is a rigorous four year program that includes five semesters of classes, 100 hours of community service, a 75 hour summer internship, and a senior community advocacy project.  It connects students with their communities while allowing them to learn about issues happening around the world.  

I completed my internship this summer at the American River Parkway Foundation (ARPF)!  I wanted to intern at the ARPF because I train daily on the American River Parkway.  I have learned to deeply appreciate its beauty and serenity and consider it Sacramento's greatest jewel.  At my internship, I had a great time pulling invasive plants, collecting plant surveys, researching local biodiversity, and leading volunteer groups.  I learned about the Foundation, and realized they don't have nearly enough resources to constantly maintain and improve the parkway.

That is why for my Civitas senior project I want to help promote the beautiful parkway, encourage people to volunteer, and raise money to help the Foundation achieve its goals through a 5K: the Parkway Fun Run for Everyone!

2019 Events
Spring Cleanup Ride Summer Solstice
April 13 May 19 June 22
GARCU Howlin' Run
September 21 October 19 November 3

Holiday Shop
We have a new online store! Get your Parks Pass, Parkway Map, t-shirts and more - now all in one place.

Plus, give gifts that give back to the Parkway this holiday season. Shop our store for the outdoor enthusiast on your list and show your love for the Parkway - all items benefit our programs.

Click the icons below to shop each item, or make a donation in someone's honor.

Parks Passes Parkway T-Shirts Cycling Jerseys
Art Membership

Parkway Map


Giving Tuesday
Thank you for supporting your American River Parkway on Giving Tuesday! Your gifts enable our volunteers to care for the Parkway through river cleanups, habitat restoration, special events, & more.

Partner Highlight
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Refill Madness also has great gift and stocking stuffer options! Visit their storefront at 1828 29th St, next to the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op, Revolution Wine and Temple Coffee.
  • Madness Bath Bombs made in house, scents vary, $5 ea
  • Lavender Eye Pillows by Micheniche, $12.99 ea
  • Soothing Soaking Salts, made in house, prices vary per ounce
  • Yisrael Family Farm Bar Soaps, $6.95 ea
  • Pyrex Glass Straws, made in Sacramento, prices vary
  • White Sage Bundles by Cabine, $13
American River Raft Rentals Capital Hop Shop Cap Tap
Colleen Watters Fleet Feet Kinetric Cycles
River Rat Refill Madness Rubio's
Sportsman's Warehouse University Auto Visit Rancho

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