Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Parkway Fire, Parkway Manners, & Parkway Funding

1) An arson grass fire in the Parkway burned 20 acres between Hagan Park and River Bend Park yesterday afternoon was contained, but fire officials are asking for information to help determine suspects.

2) Recreating on the Parkway will continue to be somewhat dangerous as long as the one trail has to handle all the different forms of traffic demanding access, so this article helps with the basic manners all should respect while on the Parkway trail.

Someday we will have separate trails for walkers, bikers and skaters, and everyone will enjoy the experience at a much deeper level without having to look out for fast moving bikes or slow moving walkers.

3) Being able to build new trails will require a different funding strategy for the Parkway. The solution we have proposed for stabilizing and increasing funding for the American River Parkway is to establish a nonprofit organization to contract with a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) of local government entities, to manage the Parkway and provide a supplemental fund-raising capability through philanthropy, which you can read more about on our website’s news page in our press release from January 18, 2008, (second one down).

This is the model being used by the Central Park Conservancy to manage Central Park in New York—the Conservancy raises 85% of funding needed by Central Park—and the Sacramento Zoological Society to manage the Sacramento Zoo, which they have wholly done since 1997 under contract with the City of Sacramento.