Imbibing in the Parkway

As the Sacramento Bee reports, the Memorial Day weekend was calm, which is attributed to the law banning all alcohol in the Parkway during holidays.

We did not support this law, remembering many sweltering holidays floating down the river beer in hand and a full cooler chest close by.

Our position was that the law enforcement presence needed to be expanded during holidays to account for the larger crowds, not taking the pleasure of imbibing away.

An excerpt from the Bee story.

Hoisting inner tubes and rafts, they padded down to the American River on Monday in their flip-flops and bikinis – the adults with a long weekend, their children headlong into summer break.

On the first major holiday of the season, hundreds of people pushed into the water and meandered for hours downstream. Men fished from a bridge. A couple picnicked, two mallards underfoot.

“Pretty nice,” said Alan Bashor, one of the picnickers. “Pretty nice.”

If people drank on the American River Parkway on Memorial Day, it was well-smuggled, with little sign of the debauchery of years past.

A woman fell from a tree swing near Discovery Park on Sunday and was taken to a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening, and firefighters on Monday extinguished a small fire between the park and Cal Expo fairgrounds, said Michael Doane, Sacramento County’s chief park ranger.

But when a woman dropped her ice chest in front of Doane near a launch site in Rancho Cordova, only water and a Go-Gurt spilled out.

“A little bit lighter weekend than your typical three-day weekend,” Doane said. “It’s been relatively quiet.”

Relatively cool weather kept crowds smaller than in previous years. Sarah Hill, manager at the American River Raft Rentals shop near Sunrise Boulevard, said about 500 people came through the shop on Sunday, slightly less on the holiday.

Alcohol bans approved in 2006 and 2007 for the river and parkway during the Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day holidays resulted in a clientele of mostly families, Hill said.

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About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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