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American River Parkway Skating Ban Lifted
January 1, 2000

The ban against skating on the American River Parkway in Sacramento county, California as lifted, at least temporarily, on January 1, 2000.

AS OF JANUARY 1, 2000 (This article wes written on Decemberf 27, 1999)

The American River Parkway is a paved trail that runs along the American River from Discovery Park in Sacramento to Beale's Point at Folsom Lake. On January 1, 2000, inline skaters will be legal and welcome on this trail for the first time.

The trail is being opened to inline skaters on a trial basis, from January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2000. At the end of that time, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and the Sacramento City Council will decide if the skating ban will be lifted permanently.

California State Bill SB-923 (Inline Skating on the American River Parkway) was first introduced on February 25, 1999 by State Senator Patrick Johnston. It was supported by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, the Sacramento City Council, and the National Skate Patrol. The bill was approved by the Governor of California on July 13, 1999.

Join the Opening Day Celebration

Ring in the Year 2000 by joining Sacramento-area skaters for an opening day celebration skate on Saturday, January 1, 2000.

One group of celebrants will start skating at 9:00 a.m. and a second group will start at 12 noon. The American River Parkway is 32 miles each way, and some skaters plan to do the round trip in 2 days, spending the night in Folsom, and returning to Sacramento the next day.

For more information about the skate, see the American River Celebration Skate announcement on Bernard Scoville's Sacramento Skating Web site. or email Bernard at bscovill@pacbell.net.

Articles About the Trail Opening

River Trail Set to Go In-Line (12/5/99)
Article by Robert D. Dávila published in the Sacramento Bee.

The American River Parkway
Article by Carol Kracht published in the Sacramento Bee.

About the Trail

American River Bike Trail - Map
Trail map, from the Sacramento Area Council of Governments Web site.

American River Bicycle Trail - Mileage
Mileage between landmarks on the American River Bike Trail. From the California State Parks Web site.

Book: Biking & Hiking the American River Parkway
A mile by mile narrative of natural and cultural history along the Jedediah Smith Memorial Bicycle Trail from Discovery Park to Beals Point on Folsom Lake. From the American River Natural History Association.

State Parks on the American River
from the California State Parks Web site.

The Debate

Panelists Split Over Skates on Trail (8/25/98)
The task force appointed by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors is split on the decision to allow inline skating on the American River Bike Trail Article by Robert D. Dávila published in the Sacramento Bee Newspaper on August 25, 1998.

Inline Skates on Trails
Gordon Innes of Sacramento participated in the effort to lift the American River Trail Skating ban. This article by Gordon discusses some of the pros and cons of allowing inline skaters on bicycle paths. From the Bike Plan Source.

The Law

The Complete Text of Bill SB-932 (7/13/99)
The complete text of the bill to add Section 5842.5 to the Public Resources Code, and allow inline skating on the American River Parkway.

Governor Signs Legislation
The Governor of the State of California signed Bill SB-932 on July 13, 1999.

The Complete History of Bill SB-923
The legislative history of the bill.

The Conditions of the Trial Period (11/19/99)
This memo from the Sacramento County Department of Parks and Recreation specifies the terms and conditions of the one-year trial period (January 2000 through December 2000).


American River Parkway Funding
This 12/26/99 article by the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce discusses finding a permanent source of funding for the American River Parkway.

$50,000 Requested for Lifting Ban
This 11/19/99 report from the County of Sacramento, Office of Budget and Debt Management, requests that the County consider budgeting an extra $50,000 to cover costs associated with lifting the ban on inline skating on the American River Parkway in fiscal year 1999/2000.


American River Natural History Association
ARNHA was incorporated in 1981 as a public benefit corporation for the purpose of promoting, aiding and augmenting the education activities of the Sacramento County park system.

The American River Parkway Foundation
P.O. Box 188437, Sacramento CA 95818-8437
Phone: 916-456-7423 | Fax: 916-455-4632
The Foundation's mission statement reads: "To support the preservation, protection, enhancement and appreciation of the natural resources of the American River Parkway." See also Site #2

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