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 ecosystem, and improving water quality. Visit our calendar to register for an upcoming cleanup!

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. Registration is open for our 2019 Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 13th from 9am-12pm. Choose from 3 sites on Parkway (map): Cal Expo, River Bend or Sunrise. Click the button below to register!

The Great American River Cleanup (GARCU)
The Great American River Cleanup is the American River Parkway Foundation’s largest annual cleanup, hosted on the 3rd Saturday in September alongside 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. In 2018, 1,226 volunteers removed more than 20,176 pounds of trash from 21 sites along the American River Parkway from Discovery Park to Negro Bar.

Our 2019 cleanup will be held on Saturday, September 21st from 9am-12pm.

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

Location Date No. of Volunteers Pounds of Trash Removed
Steelhead Creek 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

Volunteers at our monthly cleanups, combined with our Mile Stewards, removed 100,705 pounds of trash in 2018!

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

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