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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

​Storm-Related Parks Update


Watch this website and social media accounts for additional updates about storm-related parks and trail clean-up and repair.​

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


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.



7/22/2016 3:45 PM

​Sacramento Bar River Restoration Project

​This summer, Sacramento Bar will be the site of our eighth salmon and steelhead river restoration projects on the American River. Construction equipment, such as bulldozers and loaders, will be in the river, as well as on the gravel bar.  

The best vantage points to see the project will be across the river, between trail miles 18 and 19 in the Lower Sunrise and El Manto access areas.  The project will be excavating a new side channel through the bar and lowering the floodplain, sorting and washing these excavated gravels, and adding the clean gravels to the river. Once finished, it will be an ideal area for salmon and steelhead to build their redds (“nests”), as well as providing protected nursery areas for the new young fish to grow bigger.

Construction will begin as early as August 1 and will be completed by September 30. Work will be scheduled Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This river restoration is being completed through a partnership of the Bureau of Reclamation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and the Water Forum. ​

7/5/2016 1:10 PM

​Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail Repair Work, American River Parkway, July 12-13

UPDATE: The trail will be open at 4 p.m. today, July 13.

On Tuesday, July 12 and  Wednesday July 13, expect a short  diversion off of the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, during a two-day trail repair project. Trail work will be at mile 2.75, just upstream of the Del Paso Blvd trail intersection, in the Woodlake area of the American River Parkway. Trail users will be diverted onto the unpaved side road between the levee and the trail for about 100 feet, around​ the trail repair area. Sacramento County Department of Transportation, using Measure A funds, will be removing the existing pavement and trail base, backfilling and compacting a new trail base, and repaving this trail section.


6/16/2016 11:00 AM

​Rossmoor Drive Closure for Water Pipeline project​​

The Carmichael Water District is installing a water pipeline near the Rossmoor access road to Coloma and repaving the access road and parking lot. 

The Rossmoor Drive access road will be CLOSED 9/27-9/30 for repaving. Notice will be provided, as well as traffic control, on the bike trail. Read more information about the pipeline project​.

5/23/2016 11:00 AM

Rossmoor Bar oak woodland expansion​

​The oak woodland at Rossmoor Bar on the American River Parkway is being expanded. The project will increase the existing oak woodland (planted in 2009) nearly 14 acres.  The temporary deer fence will be removed when the trees and shrubs have grown tall enough to withstand deer browsing. The red area on the map​ (with the star) is the expansion area, and will be fenced to keep the deer from eating the new seedlings.  The black hatched area is the existing oak woodland area that was planted in 2009, and will remain unfenced​

5/23/2016 10:00 AM

​​​Goats and Sheep are returning to the American River Parkway and Dry Creek Parkway

Goats and sheep will once again be helping Regional Parks with fire hazard reduction and ignition prevention. The animals are currently grazing on the Dry Creek Parkway, near the Cherry Island Golf Course, north of Q Street. In Upper American River Parkway, you'll see goats and sheep in the Upper Sunrise Recreation, Sacramento Bar bluff, Fair Oaks Bluff, and Sailor Bar bluff areas around June 12. ​
Full map of grazing locations ​​​​​​

5/18/2016 4:00 PM

Food Truck event at Discovery Park on May 21

Discovery Park is hosting the SactoMofo9 food truck event on Saturday, May 21, 2016.  The event is FREE to all, except for VIP entry between 10am-11am and is expected to take place from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.  The American River Parkway Multi-Use Trail, Tiscornia Beach and the Boat Launch area will all remain open for the general public to use and enjoy that day.

Traffic for the event is to enter Discovery Park from the Garden Highway entrance and the Department has worked with County Department of Transportation 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.

5/6/2016 11:00 AM

Concert at Discovery Park on May 15

Discovery Park will host the KSFM 102.5 concert on Sunday, May 15, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Attendees are expected to begin arriving as early as 8 a.m.  The American River Parkway multi-use trail, Tiscornia Beach and the Boat Launch area will all remain open for the general public to use and enjoy that day.

Traffic for the Concert will enter Discovery Park from the Garden Highway entrance. 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.

5/6/2016 11:00 AM

Well Drilling at Ancil Hoffman Park Begins May 10

Aerojet Rocketdyne will install a groundwater monitor well in Ancil Hoffman Park starting on May 10, 2016. This well will facilitate the collection of routine water quality samples and water elevation measurements. Drilling is targeted to reach a depth of approximately 550 feet. See the notice letter and map for more information.

Drilling operations will take approximately 12-15 working days. Well drilling may be noisy at times, but will be limited to daylight hours only (no earlier than 7:00 am and no later than 6:00 pm). No weekend work is planned.

If needed, temporary controls for pedestrian and vehicular traffic will be implemented at the project site during construction. At no time will the equipment be left unattended. Work crews or off-hour security personnel will be at the site continuously throughout the project, including nights and weekends. When complete, all that will be visible will be a flush-to-ground, locking, 18-inch diameter, circular traffic-rated utility box.

4/29/2016 8:00 AM

​American River Pkwy Closed on 4/30 for Half Marathon

The American River Parkway is hosting the SacFit Parkway Half Marathon on Saturday April 30, 2016. The event starts and ends at the William B. Pond Recreation Area, with runners going upstream 6.5 miles to Sacramento Bar and walkers going downstream 6.5 miles to the Guy West Bridge. The American River Parkway multi-use trail will be closed from Sunrise Boulevard downstream to the Guy West Bridge from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 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.

 

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