Faces of the Parkway

Whether it’s through recreation, relaxation or nature, there are a lot of faces that can be found on the American River Parkway.

#FacesOfTheParkway explores the faces that you can see when you are out exploring our urban jewel.

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On Water Recreationists on the American River Parkway

With the temperatures warming up, many Parkway users will escape to the water for on water activities. The Parkway is a great place for kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing and boating.

But if you’re hitting the water, make sure to wear a life vest. Cold water temperatures and underwater currents can make the calmest waters more dangerous than they appear.



Runners on the American River Parkway

Hundreds of runners every day come to the Parkway to utilize the 23-miles of paved, multiuse trail as well as the 30-miles of unpaved trail. This includes everything from novices to Olympic runners like Sacramento native Kim Conley (learn more about the role the Parkway plays in her story).

It’s because of the recreational opportunities like running that the Lower American River is recognized as part of the National Wild and Scenic River System.


American River Parkway Foundation Invasive Plant Management Program Volunteers

Invasive plants are a real threat to the Parkway. They outcompete native plants, reduce food for wildlife and increase fire danger.

Through our Invasive Plant Management Program, our volunteers remove over 30,000 plants every year.

During events, volunteers use specialized equipment to remove French broom, Scottish broom, Spanish broom, red sesbania, yellow star thistle, stinkwort and more. Doing this allows our natural systems to flourish and prevents the loss of vital resources.

Learn more about our Invasive Plant Management Program


American River Parkway Foundation Clean-Up Volunteers

Parkway Foundation volunteers are vital to our efforts to conserve the Parkway. Every year, thousands of them dedicate some of their free time to removing trash and debris.

On average more than 130,000 pounds of trash are removed from the Parkway annually through our clean-up program.

Clean-ups are essential to the Parkway because they reduce blight and decrease the amount of pollution that ends up in our rivers and ecosystems. This is an issue that has grown as more illegal campers make their way to the Parkway.

Clean-ups are also great opportunities for team building and family bonding as well as to collect community service hours.

Above are just some of the faces from our clean-ups this year.

You can participate by signing-up for our larger clean-ups (Spring Clean-Up and the Great American River Clean-Up) or our monthly Sustainable Saturday Clean-Ups. We can also work with you to form your own group clean-ups, which take place throughout the year along the full 23-miles of the Parkway.

Learn more about our Clean-Ups