The American River Parkway is a true treasure in the landscape of Sacramento. The Parkway is a 23 mile, 4,800 acre expanse of land, water, and nature. Our forefathers were smart in wanting to protect this wonderful resource, hence creating a regional park. The American River Parkway Foundation was created in 1983 with the vision of the Parkway being a sustainable natural resource to all. To that end, the Foundation coordinates programs and works with volunteers to foster environmental stewardship, facilitate volunteer opportunities, as well as fund and implement critical Parkway projects. Our work would not be possible without the generosity of the Greater Sacramento community. The donations that the Foundation receives go directly back in to the Parkway. Whether they are applied to removing invasive plants, cleaning up graffiti, replacing kiosks, or being distributed through our grant process, the money stays on the Parkway. The Foundation receives $16,000 a year from the County and then raises all of the additional funds necessary to operate. The Foundation employs a staff of four and a cadre of volunteers who total more than 6,000 and put in over 17,500 hours annually to keep the parkway the jewel of Sacramento.