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11/20/2017 10:00 AM

Jibboom Street Bridge Closure January 2 through May 31, 2018​

Update on Jibboom Street Bridge: The Department of Regional Parks has received an updated work schedule from the contractor assigned to the Jibboom Street Bridge project.  The closure of the bridge has been postponed until January 2, 2018.  The completion date for the project remains unchanged​.

The Jibboom Street Bridge, in Discovery Park, will be closed to all traffic (bicyclists, equestrians, pedestrians and vehicles) from January 2 - May 31, 2018.

Sacramento County Regional Parks and Sacramento County Department of Transportation are rehabilitating and repairing the bridge by replacing the metal decking and repainting the bridge.  The Jibboom Street Bridge was originally constructed in 1931, and was partially rehabilitated in 1969. This current construction project is intended to prolong the life of the bridge, which is a key access point across the American River. Funding for the project is provided through the federal Highway Bridge Program, and work has been scheduled during winter months to minimize the impact to bicycle commuters and park visitors. Alternative bicycle crossings over the American River are located at mile 3 near Hwy 160 crossing and mile marker 7 at the H Street Bridge. 
While traffic may not cross Jibboom Street Bridge during the closure, Discovery Park remains open. Vehicles may access the Park at the Garden Highway entrance.  Detour Map

Jibboom Street Bridge Closure Flyer

For more information, please contact Laura McCasland, 916 874-6280, or visit www.sacparks.net

11/9/2017 8:00 AM

​Off-Paved Trail Cycling Pilot Program

The Off-Paved Trail Cycling Pilot Program welcomes cyclists to ride on designated off-paved trails in Woodlake and Cal Expo areas of the American River Parkway. The pilot period is from September 2017 to 2020. Visit the Off-Paved Trail Cycling Pilot Program website for more information.
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Off-Paved Cycling Pilot Trails in Cal Expo and Woodlake are open. Check back daily  on the Parks Status page for current status. 

11/2/2017 8:00 AM

Run the Parkway Event, Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Run the Parkway event will occur along the American River Parkway on Sunday November 5, 2017.  The event starts and ends at the William B. Pond Recreation Area, with runners going upstream 6.5 miles to Sunrise Recreation Area and walkers and runners going downstream to Watt Avenue.  The Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail will be closed from Sunrise Boulevard downstream to Watt Avenue from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Aid stations will be set up at approximately every mile to provide support to the runners and walkers with food, fluids, and if needed, medical attention.

The American River Parkway Foundation and Sacramento Running Association have created a parking plan which minimizes the impacts to the community surrounding William B. Pond Recreation Area.  Additionally, the surrounding community has received a detailed letter from the American River Parkway Foundation explaining the plan and the potential impacts on the day of the event.

Additional race details are available on the race website

For more information, contact Recreation Supervisor, Amber Veselka at (916) 875-6205 or email at VeselkaA@SacCounty.net

10/24/2017 7:00 AM

Clean-up of Rio Island Tomorrow, October 25

Sacramento Regional Parks will be conducting a clean-up of Rio Island in the American River along the American River Parkway.  Sacramento County Park Rangers and  Park maintenance workers will partner with volunteers from the American River Parkway Foundation to remove a large amount of trash from this island.  The Sacramento County Sheriff’s helicopter will be assisting with this non-enforcement operation.  The flight path of the helicopter will follow the water of the American River between Rio Island and the Harrington River Access.  The clean-up will start shortly after 8:00 am and last until noon. 

10/18/2017 7:00 AM

​Monster Energy Aftershock Concert Detour

The Monster Energy Aftershock Concert that Regional Parks has permitted at Discovery Park on October 21st and 22nd, 2017 will take place from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 p.m. Sunday. We anticipate spectators to arrive as early as 8 a.m.  The American River Parkway Multi-Use (Bike) Trail and the Boat Launch area will all remain open for the general public to use and enjoy, although delays may occur with the number of attendees expected. Please visit the Monster Energy Aftershock Concert page for more information.

8/21/2017 9:00 AM

​Repairs to PCA/Jim Jones Bridge

Sacramento County Regional Parks will be closing the PCA/Jim Jones Bridge for railing repairs due to the recent winter storms. Work began Monday, Aug. 14 and will continue through Friday, Sept. 1. Detour suggestion for pedestrians or cyclists are to use Fair Oaks Bridge located on Bridge Street in Fair Oaks while the repairs are taking place.​

7/13/2017 10:00 AM

​American River Parkway Trail Closure July 15, 6 a.m.-noon

Due to Eppie's Great Race, the American River Parkway Multi-Use Trail will be closed July 15 from Guy West Bridge upstream to Sunrise Avenue footbridge from 6 a.m. to noon.

The event starts at the William B. Pond Recreation Area with runners going downstream (west) to the Guy West Bridge. At Guy West Bridge, runners will transition to bikes and head upstream (east) to Sunrise Avenue footbridge where they will switch to watercrafts and paddle downstream (west) to River Bend Park. For more race details, visit www.eppiesgreatrace.org.

5/31/2017 3:00 PM

​Fuel Break Maintenance Permits Now Available for Those Who Live Next to Regional Parks

Annual Encroachment Permits are now available to those residents who wish to maintain a fuel break behind their backyard fence on Regional Parks property.  These annual permits are free of charge and will allow residents to string-trim grass and weeds for up to 50 feet beyond their private property line.

The permit is only for cutting non-woody vegetation, such as grasses and weeds, and does not allow cutting or removing woody plants, such as trees, shrubs, or vines.  Acceptable methods include string trimming or hand tool removal.  Lawn mowers, which could spark a fire, or herbicides are not permitted.

To see specific permit conditions, read the pdf document​.

You may request a permit by providing your name, address, and contact information to Regional Parks at parksinfo@SacCounty.NET.

4/24/2017 1:35 PM

Special Event on April 29​

Special Event: The SacFit Parkway Half Marathon will be occurring along the American River Parkway on Saturday April 29, 2017. The event starts and ends at the William B. Pond Recreation Area, with runners going upstream 6.5 miles to Sunrise Recreation Area and walkers going downstream 6.5 miles to the Guy West Bridge. 

The Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail will be closed from Sunrise Boulevard downstream to the Guy West Bridge from 6 a.m. to noon. There will be aid stations set up at approximately every one mile to provide support to the runners and walkers with food, fluids, and if needed, medical attention.

SacFit has created a parking plan which minimizes the impacts to the community surrounding William B. Pond Recreation Area.  Additionally, the community will be receiving a detailed letter explaining the plan and the potential impacts on the day of the event from the event organizer.   

Additional race details are available on the race website at www.parkwayhalf.com​​.
4/19/2017 11:00 AM

Parks Update

The Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail is open from Discovery Park to Hazel Avenue with no detours or restrictions. However, there is some debris from mile 0 to mile 2, so please be cautious when using the trail. 

Discovery Park will reopen on a limited basis Memorial Day weekend. For more information and a map of what's open and what's closed, read the press release​.

The temporary fencing is complete at the PCA bridge in the Sunrise Recreation Area and is now open to bike and pedestrian traffic. Please share the trail as you cross the bridge! 

​​For a complete list of County Parks that are open or closed, visit our Park Status webpage​

4/10/2017 4:00 PM

​Hearing Notice - Friends of the River Project Proposal

The Friends of the River, a state-wide river advocacy nonprofit working to protect and preserve rivers throughout California, plans to host canoe classes and advocacy outings in the Lower American River. These activities are an effort to further the goals of the nonprofit group to teach people about rivers by engaging them in the beauty and enjoyment available to all via access to the rivers.

Read the hearing notice, project proposal and maps of the planned classes and outings for the proposed Friends of the River Concession Agreement.

Your attendance is welcomed and encouraged at the upcoming public hearings on April 21 and April 27 about this project proposal. Meeting information is available in the hearing notice​.​

2/9/2017 1:45 PM

Park Closures - American River, Dry Creek and River Delta​

Effective Thursday, Feb. 9, the Regional Parks Department will begin closing all vehicle access points to the American River Parkway, Dry Creek Parkway and Sacramento River Delta Parks due to high river flows and anticipated high winds.  

Effective Friday, Feb. 10, all access locations including vehicle and pedestrian access will be closed on the American River Parkway, Dry Creek Parkway and Sacramento River Delta Parks.  

The parks will remain closed until staff has had the opportunity to inspect all public facilities to ensure visitor safety.   The Department will continue to provide updates on park facilities throughout the storm.

2/6/2017 11:10 AM

Park Closures

Sacramento County Department of Regional Parks is anticipating high flows down the American River, Sacramento River and Dry Creek that will cause closures of certain park facilities throughout the week. All park visitors are encouraged to check our website for regular updates and are cautioned to watch for high water, debris and other hazards when visiting the Regional Park system during storm events.  

​Sacramento River Park Closures

Elk Horn Boat Launch

American River Park Closures

Discovery Park

Jedediah Smith Memorial multi-use trail from mile 0-4, 6-10 is closed due to flooding and debris

Watt Access
Howe Access
Harrington Access
PCA bridge at Lower Sunrise Park
Upper Sunrise--detour at mile 21 

Anticipated Closures on the American River Parkway for the week of 2/7

William B. Pond Park at lower restroom near the pond (detour possible on 2/8 or 2/9 depending on river flows)
Local and intermittent flooding throughout the Parkway system.  ​

1/4/2017 11:00 AM

UPDATE: 1/31/17

​El Manto access is now OPEN.

UPDATE 1/27/17

The following parks are now OPEN (full list below reflects update):

  • Dry Creek Parkway
  • Sarah Court
  • Rossmoor
  • Sailor Bar
  • Harrington

​UPDATE: 1/26/17

Gristmill and Rossmoor park access points have re-opened today. (Full list below reflects update.)

UPDATE 1/25/17

The PCA bridge crossing at Lower Sunrise to Sacramento Bar is now OPEN for bike and pedestrian traffic. 

UPDATE 1/22/17

Sacramento County Regional Parks are prioritizing the cleanup of the multi-use trails and parks throughout the County.

All visitors are advised of the following:
  • Rivers and streams are flowing high and fast; all visitors should use caution near the river’s edge due to frequent erosion and slippery conditions.  
  • Expect a higher frequency of maintenance and ranger vehicles throughout the park system as we work to recover from the high river flows and local flooding.
  • Anticipate debris including falling trees and tree limbs and take caution when accessing all park facilities before, during and after storms.
  • Report all hazardous conditions to the Department by using the Sacramento County 311 mobile app or call 311 from your mobile phone anywhere in the unincorporated County area.  
The following facilities are currently open to visitors:

American River Parkway Trails
  • Jedediah Smith Memorial multi-use trail from mile 0-6 is closed until further notice due to significant hazards including flooding, debris and unstable trail conditions. 
  • Jedediah Smith Memorial multi-use trail from mile 6-13 is open however users are advised that trail shoulders are washed out in many areas and hazards including standing water and debris are frequent .  Visitors should watch for vehicle traffic as crews continue to restore service in this area of the Parkway.  
  • Jedediah Smith Memorial multi-use trail from mile 13 to mile 23 is open with a small detour at mile 20.5
  • Two Rivers Trail (south side of the American River) is closed until further notice due to significant hazards including flooding, debris and unstable trail conditions.
  • The equestrian and hiking trail is flooded in many areas with debris and the occasional fallen trees. Visitors should use caution on these trails.
  • Access trails and spur trails are being assessed by staff on a daily basis and visitors should use caution on these trails as frequent mud, water and debris may be present on the trail.  
​​The following American River Parkway access locations are open to visitors         
  • Hazel Ave Access
  • Sunrise Recreation Area
  • Ancil Hoffman Recreation Area (open by 6:00am)
  • River Bend Park
  • William B. Pond Park
  • All pedestrian gates between Watt Ave and Harrington Ave on the north side of the river.
  • Rossmoor access
  • Gristmill access
  • Dry Creek Parkway
  • Sarah Court
  • Rossmoor
  • Sailor Bar
  • Harrington
  • El Manto access
Note:  The follow restrooms are the only restrooms currently available on the American River Parkway
  • William Pond (main large restroom located in the middle of the park)
  • Riverbend (main restroom)
  • Sunrise Area (all three restrooms)
  • Sac Bar
The following American River Parkway Park access locations are closed to visitors:
  • Ambassador access
  • Watt Ave. access
  • Howe Ave. access
  • Discovery Park
​The following facilities are closed in the Delta/Sacramento River Access: 
  • Elk Horn Boat Launch
  • Georgianna Slough
  • Hogback Island 
Other 
  • Mather Regional Park: open
  • Wilton Community Center: open
  • Hood Park: open 
  • Herald Park: open
  • Access to Cosumnes River Preserve is limited due to flooding. Use caution when traveling in this area of the County
  • Gibson Ranch: open

UPDATE​ 1/11/17:


Regional Parks will begin to open various parks, access points and parking lots beginning 8 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 12.  

All visitors are advised of the following:
  • Rivers and streams are flowing high and fast; all visitors should use caution near the river’s edge due to frequent erosion and slippery conditions.  
  • Designated multi-use trails and equestrian hiking trails in the American River Parkway and Dry Creek Parkway will continue to be closed until further notice.  
  • Expect a higher frequency of maintenance and ranger vehicles throughout the park system as we work to recover from the high river flows and local flooding.
  • Anticipate debris including falling trees and tree limbs and take caution when accessing all park facilities before, during and after storms.
  • Report all hazardous conditions to the Department by using the Sacramento County 311 mobile app or call 311 from your mobile phone anywhere in the unincorporated County area.  
The following parks and river access facilities are expected to be open by 8 a.m. tomorrow:
  • American River Parkway
  • Hazel Ave Access
  • Sailor Bar
  • Sunrise Recreation Area
  • Ancil Hoffman Recreation Area (open by 6:00am)
  • River Bend Park
  • William B. Pond Park
  • All pedestrian gates between Watt Ave and Harrington Ave on the north side of the river.
  • Mather Regional Park
  • Gibson Ranch

The following will remain closed until further notice:

  • Sarah Court
  • Ambassador access
  • El Manto access
  • Rossmoor access
  • Harrington access
  • Gristmill access
  • Watt Ave. access
  • Howe Ave. access
  • Discovery Park

​UPDATE 1/10/17:

All Sacramento County Regional Parks are closed EXCEPT:
William B. Pond
Ancil Hoffman
Hazel Avenue Access

Parks officials will continue to monitor river levels, and there may be additional closures. The river is still running high, swift and cold, so Parkway visitors are urged to use caution when coming out to observe the river. 

UPDATE 1/9/17:

The following parks remain closed:
Discovery
Howe Ave
Watt Ave
Gristmill Park
PCA Bridge
American River Parkway multi-use trail Mile 20.5 detour

The rest of the American River Parkway will be open starting tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 10. However, the opening is subject to change depending on releases from the Nimbus Dam and river conditions. The river is still running high, swift and cold, so Parkway visitors are urged to use caution when coming out to observe the river. 


UPDATE 1/8/17:

​In addition to the closures listed below, Gibson Ranch​ is closed until further notice.

UPDATE 1/7/17:

For safety, beginning Sunday January 8, the American River Parkway will be CLOSED until further notice. Because of the weather event, the multi-use trail must be assessed for safety. 

​UPDATE 1/6/17

Updated closure list:
  • American River Parkway multi-use trail between miles .5 and 2.5, then at mile 20.5 (detour will be in place)
  • All islands on the American River between Hazel Avenue and Discovery Park
  • Area north of Discovery Park between the boat launch and Garden Highway
  • Parks access for Howe and Watt Avenues
  • Cosumnes River Preserve Vistor Center and parking lots
  • Gristmill Recreation Area
  • PCA Bridge

​UPDATE 1/5/17​

The Cosumnes River Preserve ​​Visitor Center and parking lots will be closed this weekend and possibly through next week.​

In addition to the closures listed below, Gristmill Recreation Area is closing today.​

​High Water Anticipation - 1/4/2017

The Sacramento County Department of Regional Parks is anticipating high water in many areas of the Regional Park system as a result of the forecasted rain over the next 3-7 days. As a result, the Department will be closing areas of the American and Dry Creek Parkways based on predicted rain fall and anticipated river elevations in both the Sacramento and American Rivers. County Park Rangers will be contacting park visitors and illegal campers on Wednesday, Jan. 4, and Thursday, Jan. 5, in areas prone to flooding, advising people to seek higher ground in order to remain safe during the rain storms. 

Current Closures
American River Parkway multi-use trail between mile 0.5 and mile 2.5, then at mile 20.5 (detour will be in place).

All islands on the American River between Hazel Ave and Discovery Park.

The area north of Discovery Park between the boat launch and Garden Hwy.

Parks access for Howe and Watt Avenues. 

 

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