Saturday, April 28, 2007

Parkway Activities

It is wonderful to see an increase in Parkway related activity as the continued legitimate usage, especially in the Lower Reach area long plagued by illegal camping, will eventually drive out the illegitimate.

When the Parkway, as we hope it someday will, is managed by a nonprofit organization under contract to a Joint Powers Authority of all Parkway adjacent communities—Folsom, Rancho Cordova, and Sacramento city and county—the funds collected will provide structured and dedicated help in the areas of most concern, whether increased public safety resources, additional trail upkeep, or land acquisition to expand the Parkway.

Taking steps to aid parkway
Some 1,500 expected to participate in next weekend's inaugural walk, run fundraiser.
By John Schumacher -
Published 12:00 am PDT Saturday, April 28, 2007

Ken Press runs on the American River Parkway every week with a local running club. So when he kept hearing about Sacramento County's recreational jewel struggling to find adequate funding, he hatched an idea.

Why not hold a race on the parkway, with the proceeds going to support the scenic stretch of land along the American River?

Something clicked, because the first American River Parkway Half Marathon has attracted a big turnout for a new event. A field of close to 1,200 runners and 300 walkers is expected for the race, set for next Saturday at William Pond Recreation Area in Carmichael.

"Everyone trains on the parkway," said Press, a 43-year-old state worker who serves as president and chief executive officer of Sacramento Friends in Training (Sacfit).

"I always thought it would be a great place to have a race. This was a great opportunity to have a race in the parkway and have the proceeds help the parkway out.
"My sense was it wasn't just a place we could conduct our training, but (there could) be a partnership in the use of it."