Cleanups

Each year, the Parkway Foundation facilitates two large-scale, Parkway-wide cleanups and monthly, site-specific cleanups. Spanning all reaches of the Parkway, cleanups remove mass amounts of debris from the Parkway in just a few hours, making the Parkway a more enjoyable and safe space, protecting the river eco-system, and improving water quality.

The Great American River Cleanup (GARCU) – Thank You, Volunteers!
Thank you, volunteers and site captains! On September 15th, 1,226 volunteers removed more than 20,176 pounds of trash from 21 sites in just 3 hours along the American River Parkway from Discovery Park to Negro Bar at the 2018 Great American River Cleanup. Thanks to everyone who came out and helped make this year’s cleanup a success.

The GARCU is the American River Parkway Foundation’s largest annual cleanup on the 3rd Saturday in September, hosted in conjunction with the California Coastal Commission’s Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers across the state of California come together to remove trash and debris from the state’s waterways.

First Saturday Cleanups
These monthly events are open to all! Dates are subject to change; click the link below for upcoming cleanups.
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Spring Cleanup
Spring Cleanup is the first of 2 annual large-scale cleanups on the American River Parkway. 500+ volunteers join us to clean up at 7+ sites on the 2nd Saturday in April. Due to a heavy rain forecast and high river flows, the 2018 Spring Cleanup (originally scheduled for Saturday, April 7th) was canceled for the safety of our volunteers.

2018 Cleanup Results
Our volunteers have been working hard to remove trash from the American River Parkway! Check out these results from our “First Saturday” river cleanups.

Location Date No. of Volunteers Pounds of Trash Removed
Steelhead Creek Cleanup October 13 29 volunteers 16,000 lbs
Great American River Cleanup September 15 1,226 volunteers 20,176 lbs
On River Cleanup July 14 52 volunteers 700 lbs
Discovery Park May 5 129 volunteers  1,410 lbs
Northgate Blvd February 3 40 volunteers 10,000 lbs
Paradise Beach January 6 42 volunteers 800 lbs

2017 Cleanups – 112,000+ pounds of trash removed!!

For more information about volunteering for or sponsoring our Clean Ups, please contact us at (916) 486-2773 or email volunteer@arpf.org.

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