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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, visitwww.eppiesgreatrace.org.


6/22/2017 8:00 AM

​Off-Paved Trail Cycling Pilot Program


The Recreation and Park Commission approved the Off-Paved Trail Cycling Pilot Program at the June 22 meeting. The Off-Paved trails (maintenance roads and fire breaks) will open in September 2017 after staff has installed information and wayfinding signs and completed the baseline monitoring report as indicated in the approved plan. ​​Visit the Off-Paved Trail Cycling Pilot Program website​ for more information about the program. 


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

​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
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. 
12/15/2016 9:15 AM

UPDATE 12/29/16

​Discovery Park, Watt and Howe access and the Gristmill boat launch are now open. The American River Parkway multi-use trail is closed from miles .5 to 2.5. The rest of the trail is open.

UPDATE 12/27/16

The PCA Bridge (Lower Sunrise Area) is now open. Discovery Park will be closed until further notice. We anticipate Watt and Howe Avenues access will be open Wednesday, 12/28. The American River Parkway multi-use trail is still underwater at Mile .5.

​UPDATE 12/19/16—Closures and Detours​

The following American River Parkway closures will remain in place until further notice: Discovery Park, Watt and Howe access, the PCA Bridge (Lower Sunrise Area) and the American River Parkway multi-use trail from Mile 0-5. 

The Gristmill boat launch is closed, although park access is open.

There is a detour in place at Mile 20 of the American River Parkway multi-use trail.

Check the Sacramento County Regional Parks webpage, as well as Facebook and Twitter ​accounts, for further updates.

​UPDATE 12/15/16—Rivers Rising

​In addition to the closures listed below, the PCA Bridge (multi-use trail bridge between Sunrise and Sacramento Bar Parks) is now CLOSED preparing for the increased outflows from Folsom Lake later today.

Due to the changing nature of the rivers, please use caution around any local waterway and stay on higher ground.

​​UPDATE 12/14/16—Rivers Rising

​The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will increase water releases from Folsom Lake to 35,000 cubic feet per second on Thursday, Dec. 15. This will cause the American River to run higher and faster than normal. 

Parkway Access Closures Thursday-Sunday:
Discovery Park, CAmpus Commons Golf Course, Howe, Watt and Gristmill access.

The American River Parkway multi-use trail will be closed from Discovery Park (mile 0) to mile 6 near Campus Commons Golf Course. Additionally, a detour will be in place at mile 20 THursday-Sunday.

Dry Creek Parkway parking lot will also be closed beginning Thursday morning.

Due to the changing nature of the rivers, please use caution around any local waterway and stay on higher ground.​​

UPDATE 12/13/16 – Rivers Rising

​Due to projected rains, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will increase water releases from Folsom Lake to 15,000 cubic feet per second on Thursday, Dec. 15. This will cause the American River to run higher and faster than nor​mal.

Discovery Park, which is designed to flood during these conditions, will be closed Wednesday night through Monday morning. The access point for Howe Avenue will be closed for the same duration, as well as mile 0-3 on the American River Parkway multi-use trail. Parks officials are monitoring the Watt Avenue park, which may close depending on weather conditions.

County and City departments along with partner agencies have been working together to monitor the situation, share information and get the word out to people along the river about the potential for rising waters.  Sac Steps Forward has deployed Navigators in the field and notified service providers to help get the word out to clients.

Due to the changing nature of the rivers, please use caution around any local waterway and stay on higher ground.​
11/1/2016 1:00 PM

​Special Event Alert: Run the Parkway, 6 a.m. - noon, Saturday, Nov. 5

The "Run the Parkway" event will be occurring along the American River Parkway on Saturday November 5, 2016. 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 the Watt Avenue from 6 a.m. to noon. The El Manto Park access road will also be closed from 6 a.m. to noon. 

There will be aid stations set up at approximately every 1 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 explaining the plan and the potential impacts on the day of the event from the American River Parkway Foundation.

Additional race details are available on the race website. ​


10/17/2016 3:20 PM

​Monster Energy Aftershock Concert, Sat. & Sun., Oct. 22-23

Regional Parks has permitted the Aftershock Concert at Discovery Park on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23, 2016. The event is expected to take place from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 p.m. Sunday, but we anticipate spectators to be arriving as early as 8 a.m. The American River Parkway Multi-Use (Bike) Trail, Tiscornia Beach and the Boat Launch area will all remain open for the general public to use and enjoy that day. Check the map for the bike trail detour​. The archery range at Discovery Park will be closed.

Traffic for the Concert is to enter Discovery Park from the Garden Highway entrance. The majority of concert goers will be shuttled in from Sleep train arena in Natomas. The Festival has worked with City of Sacramento Transportation and Police on a traffic and parking flow plan to minimize the impacts to local traffic and businesses. The City of Sacramento Police Department will be directing traffic into the Park. The Concert has also secured additional parking across the street from Garden Highway in the open lot on Natomas Park Drive.​


9/20/2016 5:00 PM

​Unveiling of Materials for the Bushy Lake Environmental Education Project

​As a result of a partnership between Sacramento County Regional Parks and Sacramento State's Department of Environmental Studies, the public is invited to the presentation of the results of the Bushy Lake Restoration ​and Environmental Education Project. The event begins at 9 a.m., Friday, Sept. 23, at Bushy Lake, located on the American River Parkway behind Cal Expo Gate 12 (enter at end of Ethan Way). Guided tours will continue until noon. For more information, read event details.



 

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