How important is the San Joaquin River Parkway to you? Are you ready to give up your right to drive on a public road to public property?

There are only 4 days left to submit comments on the River West Fresno Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). Comments are due by April 15, 2017. 

Your comments matter. Please take the time to submit a comment today. 
We encourage you to submit comments that request the Conservancy Board to approve the DEIR with all three access points (Perrin Ave undercrossing accessible from Madera County on Old Highway 41, Riverview Drive, and Palm and Nees). 

Send your comments to:
Melinda Marks, Executive Officer 
San Joaquin River Conservancy 
5469 E. Olive
Fresno, CA 93727
or [email protected]

Click here to download a sample letter. 

Do you believe that people in our community should be able to access a public property on a public road? 

If you do, please submit a comment to the Conservancy asking for Alternative 1 to be approved. 

Alternative 1: River View Drive 
  • Includes access on a public road that was sized to serve a 1500 unit residential development in the riverbottom that was proposed in the early 1980s. 
  • The road is significantly wider (two to three times wider) than a residential street and there are no houses that face onto the road. 
  • The current 24 hour traffic volumes on Audubon Drive total 10,886 according to the traffic study in the EIR. The traffic volume projected by the year 2000 in the 1985 EIR for the Spano River Ranch project was 16,620 trips. The Alternative 1 access point is projected to add 240 trips per day. 
  • Alternative 1 is linked to Alternative 5 by an existing City easement, which states access must be equal at each location. 
Without the Alternative 1 vehicular access point off of Riverview Dr, Fresno residents who want to drive to the project will be required to make an "out-of-direction" trip into Madera County and back across the Old Highway 41 bridge. Click here to watch a video that demonstrates this drive and driving to the Alternative 1 access point. 
We've made some videos to help you better visualize the project and alternatives described in the DEIR. You can check out the videos by clicking the links below.

Click here for the Proposed Project and Alternative 1 
Click here for Alternative 3 - River's Edge Trail
Click here for two versions of Alternative 5 with Landfill issues
Click here for the preferred Alternative 5

As a reminder, the River Parkway Trust is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that was formed in 1988 to create the San Joaquin River Parkway.  The San Joaquin River Conservancy is a State agency that was formed in 1992 by assembly bill 2452 (Costa) to create the San Joaquin River Parkway.  We work closely together because we have the mutual goal of creating the Parkway, but the Conservancy Board is the decision-maker on this particular project.  The River Parkway Trust is providing this information as a service to the community.
Don't give up your right to ask for public access! Be sure to send your comments on the DEIR to Melinda Marks by April 15, 2017.

You can review the River Parkway Trust's previous comments on this project at .
If you have questions, please respond to this email or call us at 559-248-8480. 


Sharon Weaver
Executive Director