June 2018
The River Parkway Trust's 2017 Annual Report is Available Now
Thank you for your support of the River Parkway Trust. Whether you are a member, donor, sponsor, River Camper, program participant, volunteer, or an interested individual, you made so much possible in 2017.

The River Parkway Trust's 2017 Annual Report hit mailboxes this week. We hope you enjoy reading about all the projects and programs you helped accomplish last year.

Click here to download a PDF of the report. If you'd like a printed copy please contact Sarah Parkes at or call 559-248-8480.
Prop 68, Fresno for Parks, and AB 3218
Update on funding measures to help advance the Parkway
Proposition 68
On June 5, Californians voted to approve Proposition 68, the California Clean Water and Safe Parks Act. This is good news for the San Joaquin River Parkway and the River Parkway Trust. Prop 68 includes a $6 million allocation to the San Joaquin River Conservancy for capital projects throughout the Parkway. The proposition also includes funding allocations to many other programs that the Trust and its partners may pursue for park and trail improvements throughout the region.

Fresno for Parks
We are still actively collecting signatures for the Fresno Clean and Safe Parks Initiative. If passed, this initiative will generate approximately $37.5 million per year for parks, trails, and arts in the City of Fresno. We have an incredible opportunity to do something transformative for our local parks system, but we need your help. If you are a registered voter in the City of Fresno we need your signature right away. Stop by the River Center and sign the petition today. You can also help by volunteering to collect signatures at local community events. If you are interested click here for more information.

AB 3218
Earlier this year, Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arrambula introduced AB3218, which will allow State Parks to operate San Joaquin River Conservancy Lands through a management agreement with the San Joaquin River Conservancy. The State Assembly passed AB3218 on a 64-0 vote on May 30. The bill will be heard by the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water on June 26.

It's not too late to register for River Camp 2018
There are just a few spaces remaining in the 2018 season of River Camp. If you are interested in having your child participate and haven't registered yet, now is the time. We anticipate that all weeks of River Camp Scout Island will be full within the next week. Click on the links below to register today.

River Camp Scout Island

Young Explorers Program

For more information about River Camp click here .
Respite by the River: Evo Bluestein, and music by The Gilly Girls
Please join us Tuesday, July 10, 2018 for Respite by the River, a free community event. Pack your picnic dinner, blanket or chairs, and enjoy a lovely evening at the River Center.

Our July Respite features local author and musician Evo Bluestein. Live music will be provided by The Gilly Girls. For more information, click here .

Evening Schedule:

  • 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Live music by The Gilly Girls; bring your dinner and purchase a glass of wine or dessert.

  • 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Reading by Evo Bluestein

  • 8:00 pm - Book sales and signing
Schedule your downriver kayak or canoe tour
Join the River Parkway Trust's River Guides for an exciting adventure on the San Joaquin River. We offer guided River Tours on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. Special group tours can be scheduled for groups of 10-12 (kayaks) or 10-14 (canoes). Paddling the San Joaquin is a fantastic way to escape the summer heat and enjoy the Parkway from a different perspective.

All available dates are listed on our website. To learn more click here or call 559-248-8480.

Help celebrate the River Parkway Trust's 30th Anniversary
This year marks the River Parkway Trust's 30th Anniversary of working to create and protect the 22-mile San Joaquin River Parkway.

In honor of our 30th Anniversary, we are offering a special membership rate of $30 for new River Parkway Trust members. If you've been considering supporting us but haven't taken the leap, the time is now!

Become a member today and enjoy discounts on Parties for the Parkway, River Camp, River Center rentals and River Tours. Best of all you will be part of the creation of the San Joaquin River Parkway.