In what is very good news for the Parkway, reported by Sacramento Press, a grant was awarded for that purpose.
“One of Sacramento’s largest recreation spots and the gateway to the American River Parkway will soon be transformed.
“Sutter’s LandingPark — formerly known as the 28th Street Landfill — has been receiving improvements since the mid-90s, and was opened to the public in 1999. It will soon see more, as the city is slated to secure a $1.5 million grant to extend trails, restore riverbanks, and beautify its entrance.
“What was once the city’s forgotten landfill is quickly becoming Midtown’s gateway to the American River Parkway,” Councilman Steve Cohn stated in a news release. “We were successful landing this grant because the community spoke with one voice on the need to restore the natural river habitat at this unique location.”
“The 163-acre park features a covered skateboard park, dog park, basketball and bocce ball courts. It’s about a mile northeast of downtown and less than 3 miles from the capitol, and serves as the portal to the American River Parkway.
“The grant, to be awarded Wednesday by the California Natural Resources Agency, will be used for the following purposes:
– Extend the Two Rivers trail three-quarters of a mile from the park east of the Union Pacific mainline tracks next to the Business 80 highway, according to the release. Currently the city’s Two Rivers trail starts at TiscorniaPark and ends at State Route 160, totaling two miles.
– Construct a turnaround loop with interpretive panels and seating at the end of the Two Rivers trail . The city expects a future phase will connect the trail from the railroad tracks to CSU-Sacramento.
– Restore more than three acres on the banks of the American River with native plants.
– Make entry enhancements to define the site as a recreation destination “by making the entry to the river trail welcoming and by emphasizing the river connection.”