This has long been advocated by the American River Parkway Preservation Society as the optimal method, based on our research, for increasing funding and providing dedicated daily management of the Parkway.
This type of public/private partnership is not a new idea and is being done by several parks around the nation.
Nonprofits running parks:
New York City, Central Park Conservancy, http://www.centralparknyc.org
Boston’s Emerald Necklace, http://www.emeraldnecklace.org
Forest Park in Portland, http://www.forestparkconservancy.org/
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, https://www.pittsburghparks.org/theconservancy
San Joaquin River Parkway, http://www.riverparkway.org
Sacramento Valley Conservancy, http://www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org/index1.asp
This one in San Diego is managed by a Joint Powers Authority, http://www.sdrp.org
Local example of a nonprofit contracting with city to run the Sacramento Zoo, http://www.saczoo.org