As you know, we have been calling for nonprofit management of the Parkway for many years due primarily to the long-term, widespread, and unresolved devastation caused by illegal camping.
In our 2005 research report, The American River Parkway Lower Reach Area: A Corroded Crown Jewel; Restoring the Luster: A Conceptual and Policy Primer, we wrote:
The initial and most important solution to consider is establishing a nonprofit conservancy to manage the Parkway.
This is an approach already being used successfully in other areas, as well as locally, for managing major parks and open space.
An American River Parkway Conservancy would be a public nonprofit 501 c (3) organization whose sole purpose would be to manage the Parkway and ensure its resources are preserved, protected, and strengthened for the enjoyment and use of the entire community.
The land would remain in public ownership, local governments would dedicate a set annual amount to it, preferably through a Joint Powers Authority, but much of the funding would come from the fundraising done by the conservancy.
Retrieved October 6, 2015 from http://arpps.org/report.pdf (p. 46)
On October 6, 2015 Kris Lea, ARPPS Vice President/Executive Director and President of a new 501 c (3) nonprofit: American River Parkway Conservancy, (ARPC) presented ARPC’s formation and mission to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors; video at
ARPC is online at http://arpconservancy.org/ and will be adding more website content soon.