Parkway Fee Increase?

Looks like it, according to this post from Advocates for Arden Arcade.

An excerpt.

“We all know and love the American River Parkway. The Parkway runs from Discovery Park to Hazel, where it connects with Folsom Lake State Recreation Area at Nimbus Dam/Lake Natoma and beyond. The 23-mile-long segment of the Lower American River from the Sacramento River confluence to Hazel is our region’s recreational masterpiece – 4800 acres of trails, wildlife habitat and scenic beauty that get over 8 million visitors each year. It is also a significant benefit for the local economy in terms of tourism, property values and recreational sales (like kayaks, running shoes, bicycles, cameras and fishing gear). On our side of the river, Arden Arcade holds about 4 miles of the Parkway, easily accessed on the stretch between Cal Expo and Harrington.

“Operating and maintaining the Parkway is at the far end of the food chain that is the County budget, though. For one thing, as part of the county’s recreation budget, it is perceived as a “nice-to-have” item. For another, its land development restrictions haven’t exactly endeared it to local developers, meaning it automatically gets low priority from the Supervisors. And, thanks to homelessness, it has increasingly become a drain on the Sheriff’s budget. The County relies on user fees to pay for the Parkway’s O&M, with helpful supplements of donations to the American River Parkway Foundation. Most recently, the state established the Lower American River Parkway Conservancy as a means of steering money to the Parkway. Still, the costs have been going up and the County has had a hard time keeping up. So now the County has proposed a 60% increase in the fees it collects from Parkway users.”

Retrieved June 8, 2021 from County proposes massive fee hike for Parkway – Advocates for Arden Arcade

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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