American River Parkway Foundation

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$21,048 raised by 181 donors

100% complete

$18,000 Goal

The American River Parkway Foundation is a convener focused on the conservation of the American River Parkway and the development of the Parkway into one of the nation’s premier urban natural parks. In 2023, the Parkway Foundation celebrated 40 years of engaging volunteers and enhancing the visitor experience.   The Parkway Foundation continues to engage the public with our clean-ups, invasive plant removal, and improving access to the Parkway for the greater Sacramento community.   

At 4,800 acres, the Parkway is the largest urban park in the nation, six times larger than Central Park in New York City and four times larger than Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.  

Over the past year, the Parkway Foundation has made strides through outreach to our communities, new immigrants, and families to share the resources available to them along the Parkway.  

Highlights in 2023 for the Foundation include:

  • More than 99,529 pounds of trash were removed, and 30.5 miles of the Parkway were cleared.
  • Worked with Sacramento Regional Transit to add The American River Parkway to their maps. 
  • More than 115,052 invasive plants were removed.
  • Installed new directional signs onto the Parkway so new and old visitors know where they are along the Parkway.  
  • Construction of 15 picnic tables and the repainting of 50 others. 
  • Created brochures in multiple languages, including Ukrainian, Fashi, and Spanish, to improve Knowledge of the Parkway's meant resources. 
  • Thousands of volunteers contributed over 17,599 volunteer hours.


The American River Parkway Foundation (APRF) leads and inspires the community to conserve and nurture the American River Parkway as a unique, accessible resource for everyone to enjoy.


Donations will be used to support our ongoing programs. This includes:

• Clean-Ups: The American River Parkway Foundation (ARPF) hosts two large-scale clean-ups each year and smaller site-specific clean-ups every month to remove refuse from the Parkway.

• Invasive Plant Management Program: ARPF removes invasive plants to help protect wildlife and native plants as well as reduce fire danger.

• Fire Safe Council: ARPF Fire Safe Council's goal is to mitigate fire danger on the Parkway and protect natural habitat and infrastructure that resides on the Parkway and surrounding homes and businesses from fire.

• Trail Maintenance: ARPF maintains 30 miles of equestrian and hiking trails by trimming trees, cutting back overgrowth, and removing other obstacles.

• Pups in the Park: ARPF provides dog waste bags at 18 locations throughout the Parkway, helping to prevent 8 tons of dog feces from entering the environment.

• River Bend Outdoor Education Site: ARPF is working with the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) to bring children in grades 4-7 to the River Bend Outdoor Education Site for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) lessons.

Organization Data


Organization name

American River Parkway Foundation

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category


Operating Budget

$500,001-$1 million

Organization Need

Funding: Program, Funding: Unrestricted

Local Counties Served



5700 Arden Way
Carmichael, CA 95608

Service areas

Sacramento County, CA, US



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