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American River Wins Outstanding Environmental Resource Planning and Utilization Award
American River Wins Outstanding Environmental Resource Planning and Utilization Award

The American River Parkway, a collaborative Regional Treasure and fondly called the “Sacramento Crown Jewel”, along with the late Keith Demetrak, California State Parks are the 2012 inductees into the 2012 California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS), District 2, Recreation, Park and Leisure Hall of Honor.  Representing 70 park and recreation agencies in 19 counties of California, the CPRS Induction Ceremony is Friday, March 9, 2012, Barbara Morse Wackford Community and Aquatics Center in Elk Grove, California.  Terry Selk, Director of Tourism, Sacramento-Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is slated as Guest Speaker.

The prestigious Regional Treasure Award recognizes the American River Parkway preserving over 5,000 acres of parkland combining developed and natural areas adjacent to the river through a largely metropolitan area of more than 1.3 million people.  Recreation use today is estimated at 8 million visits per year; the Lower American is the most heavily used river for recreation in California and is federally and state protected Wild & Scenic River.  The Parkway Trail, the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail is designated as a National Recreation Trail. 

More than 20 Partner/Jurisdiction Agencies are responsible for the Parkway with the Parkway Manager being the Sacramento County Department of Regional Parks.  Save the American River Association and the American River Natural History Association, two founding Coalition Partners, submitted the nomination documents and will speak on behalf of the collaborative and their 30 Stakeholders, including but not limited to the Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Eppie’s Great Race Foundation, Sierra Club, The American River Parkway Foundation, Soil Born   Farms, Elderberry Farms Native Plant Nursery and the Buffalo Chips Running Club.

The Professional Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of the late Keith Demetrak, Recreation Resource Planner, Retired, Deputy Director, Administrative Services, California State Department of Parks and Recreation.  Career appointments included Chief of Interpretation Services, Chief of Resource Management, Personnel Chief, Chief of Planning and Grant Administrator. 

His significant contributions to California State Parks and to the system of outdoor recreation opportunities for all in California is said to have created many of the places that the public loves and enjoys today. Keith Demetrak’s leadership and management of the Public Opinions and Attitudes on Outdoor Recreation in California survey, multiple Land and Water Conservation Fund projects, planning general plans, the California History Plans, and the California Recreation Trails Plan was instrumental in their successful realization.  Keith Demetrak was the recipient of the 2005 National Association of Recreation Resource Planners Distinguished Service Award.

The Induction Ceremony will be held during the CPRS, District 2 Awards and Installation Banquet. For registration, contact Jackie Beecham at jbeecham@Southgaterecandpark.net  (916) 395-0601.