Memorial Day is right around the corner, and the beginning of the summer recreation season is here! Sacramento County's Department of Regional Parks would like to remind visitors about ways to stay safe while enjoying local parks and rivers.
The American River is running extremely fast and cold this weekend, which is why Regional Parks wants to make it explicitly clear that conditions are very dangerous and should not be underestimated.Be Safe – Avoid the Water:
Memorial Day Weekend is typically the time we start reminding residents that Life Looks Good On You
—and so does a life vest, and Kids Don't Float
—but life vests do. This year, because of the dangerous river conditions, we are urging residents to stay off the river altogether. Prevent Wildfires:
Open-flame fires are not allowed, and barbecuing is only permitted in designated picnic areas. All fireworks are prohibited in Regional Parks. Smoking is only allowed in developed picnic areas, asphalt surfaces, golf courses and on levee tops in the American River Parkway. In preparation for this fire season, rangers are making it a high priority to continue their fire prevention efforts through education and enforcement. If you see smoke or a smoldering fire, call 9-1-1. Alcohol Prohibited for the Holiday Weekend:
Beginning Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29, possession of alcohol is prohibited on the shore and river of the American River within Sacramento County Regional Parks' jurisdiction and at Sherman Island. The prohibition includes open or closed alcoholic beverages.Parking Fee Increase:
The number of visits to Regional Parks increases dramatically during holiday weekends, which increases the cost to staff and maintain the parks. In order to offset these costs and provide maximum staffing and enforcement, the vehicle entrance fee will increase to $9 for single vehicles and $15 for oversized vehicles and vehicles towing watercraft. These increases will not affect annual pass holders. Visitors who regularly enjoy County Parks are encouraged to purchase an Annual Parks Pass
, not only to save money but to help keep our parks safe and clean.
Keep Our Parks Clean
Helping out is easy! Some easy ways you can help keep our parks clean and beautiful include:
- Please do not litter.
- Minimizing your own trash. Reduce the amount of waste you bring into our parks by using re-usable containers that you can bring home afterward.
- Use the garbage cans located throughout our parks.
- Practice pack it in, pack it out. If you bring something with you, take it with you when you leave. That includes food scraps and beverage containers!
Visit the Regional Parks website for more information. Call 3-1-1 to report non-emergency or maintenance issues.