We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the American River Parkway is one of the true treasures of the Sacramento area. If you’re not regularly getting out on the many trails and pathways to ride your bike, walk the dog, hike, explore, fish and swim, then you’re seriously missing out. If you’d like to lend a hand to help keep the parkway in top form, consider joining 500-plus other volunteers on Saturday, April 8, 2017, to take part in the American River Parkway Foundation’s annual Spring Cleanup. Choose from seven sites along the parkway: Discovery Park, Northgate Blvd., Howe Ave., Watt Ave., Ancil Hoffman Park, El Manto Dr., and Sunrise Rec Area. All ages are welcome. Come help protect the river’s ecosystem and water quality! Learn more and sign-up at Arpf.org; click on the “Programs” tab and then hit “Clean-ups.”

*This write-up first appeared in print on page 8 of issue #236 (March 27 – April 10, 2017).*