Volunteer clean up efforts are a critical component of taking care of the Parkway. In 2019 alone, our volunteer programs combined removed over 140,000 pounds of trash!

Our largest annual clean up is the Great American River Clean Up (GARCU) event in conjunction with the California Coastal Commission. For nearly 40 years, we have invited the community to take part in this statewide movement that mobilizes tens of thousands of volunteers throughout California to clean up trash from local beaches, lakes, and waterways.

Thousands of local volunteers come out to help remove debris from multiple areas along the river, highlighting why the Parkway is the greatest civic amenity in this region.

This year’s GARCU event will be held on September 18, 2021 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Register for one of the clean up locations below:

C Street

Cal Expo


El Manto


Guy West

Howe Ave.



Negro Bar


Paradise Beach

River Bend

Sarah Court


Sutter’s Landing

Watt Ave.


On-Water (kayaks, canoes, rafts)


If you are unable to attend a clean up event, you can still help protect Sacramento’s uniquely remarkable resource. When you visit the Parkway, bring a bag along to collect and remove any debris that you encounter.

For more information about volunteering for or sponsoring a Parkway clean up event, please contact us at (916) 486-2773 or email volunteer@arpf.org.


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