Paradise Beach, ARP
Waiver and Sign-Up Required
After an 18-month hiatus from Friday Walks, we are happy to be able to offer them again. To gather safely, however, we need to follow some new rules.
- You must sign an Electronic Liability Waiver in advance of joining SacValley Chapter Friday Walks. Signing an Electronic Liability Waiver is a permanent change required statewide by the California Native Plant Society. Please note that signing the waiver for SacValley Chapter Friday Walks applies only to our chapter’s Friday Walks and does not cover SacValley Chapter Field Trips or any events or field trips offered by other CNPS chapters. Once you have signed the SacValley Chapter Friday Walks waiver, it is valid through the end of the current calendar year.
- For now, a limited number of participants can join each Friday Walk. The limit is currently 15 participants and one leader. During this initial restart, only four new participants can sign up for each walk. If you have signed up for a Friday Walk at any point after January 1, 2013, you are not considered a new participant.
Friday, July 29, 8:15am-11:00am, Paradise Beach, ARP
This will be our third visit to the Paradise Beach section of the American River Parkway. We’ll meet at Glen Hall Park, cross over the levee and make a loop through this portion of the American River Parkway. There is not a formal trail here and most of the path will be sandy with a scattering of river rock. There are a number of non-native trees along with willows, cottonwood, maple and box elder. Native plants currently in bloom include Acmispon americanus var. americanus, Cephalanthus occidentalis var. californicus, Eschscholzia californica, Heterotheca grandiflora, Nicotiana quadrivalvis, and Pseudognaphalium beneolens. Sunday a few goats were grazing on the other side of the river. A plant list will be available for this walk. Email John Schmidt for more information or if you need a waiver. You may phone John 916-500-8456 for more information, but a waiver request must be made via email.
Bring water, hat, snack, light clothing and sun protection. About half the walk will be in open areas and half under the shade of trees.
Parking is free at Glen Hall Park. There is also free parking along Sandburg Dr. on the park side of the road.
Meet at the teardrop on this map or use the directions below.
Directions to Glen Hall Park from downtown via freeway:
– Travel east on Highway 50 to Howe Ave. exit 9 (exit 5 for those traveling west on Highway 50 to Howe Avenue)
– North on Howe Ave
– Left onto Fair Oaks Blvd.
– After crossing the bridge over the American River, veer right onto “H” St.
– Right at Carlson Drive.
– Straight at Sandburg Drive into the Glen Hall parking lot.
Some may find it easier to take “J” or “H” Street east from downtown or west on Fair Oaks Blvd and avoid the freeway.
There are rest facilities adjacent to the parking lot.
Note: There is currently levee repair work with heavy equipment in this part of the parkway. A pedestrian path is open right next to the road leading up to the levee. We will only be walking downriver from Glen Hall Park.
If you are vaccinated you do not need to wear a mask. If you are not vaccinated, masks are required. Also if you are more comfortable wearing a mask, please do.
To sign up for the July 29 Paradise Beach Walk and receive the link for the Electronic Liability Waiver if needed, email John Schmidt or call 916-500-8456 for more information.
Heads up! There is no formal trail once we drop down towards the river from the levee, so call if you think you’ll be late as it would be hard to find us once the walk starts. (916-500-8456)
Please try to be on time. We’ll try to start walking at 8:30am.