Sunday, January 06, 2008

ARPPS Letter Published in Bee Today

Feedback letters: Parkway jewell, etc.
Published 12:00 am PST Sunday, January 6, 2008
Get thee to a river

Re "Call of the wild," Jan. 2: A wonderful story capturing the essence of the American River Parkway, its educational and sanctuary beauty, so needed by those living in the city and so accessible for the children of the urban neighborhoods along its banks.

Robert Sewell and his neighbors who understand the power of the parkway to bring deep joy into the lives of children – and themselves in the process – have embraced it in the truly significant way all of us need reminding of: the powerful and restorative impact it can have on the lives of those living in urban neighborhoods.

In the lower parkway, urban neighborhoods are clustered around the north and south banks of the American River that have long suffered from the excessive litter and illegal camping by the homeless, largely rendering the parkway inaccessible with any degree of safety for the families who could benefit from its natural beauty.

This story helps remind us of how much work has been done to improve the south bank and how important it is to ensure the entire parkway is kept clean and safe for those communities to enjoy.

- David H. Lukenbill, Sacramento
Senior Policy Director, American River Parkway Preservation Society