Anyone planning to drink some alcoholic beverages to celebrate Labor Day along the American River will want to think twice.
A temporary alcohol ban will be in place over the holiday weekend. Officials say the ban is designed to increase safety in local parks and waterways.
The ban on consumption of alcohol and possession of open containers will be in place beginning on Aug. 21 and lasting through Sept. 2, in the American River Parkway on the shore and the river within the Parkway between Watt and Hazel Avenues. Violations of the alcohol restriction may result in citation or arrest, and the restriction will be strictly enforced.
Additionally, during the Labor Day holiday weekend, entrance fees to Sacramento County Regional Parks will increase to meet the demand for greater patrol and maintenance of the park system.
Non- Annual Pass Holders vehicle entrance fees will increase to $8 for single vehicles and $13 for oversized vehicles and vehicles with trailers at all County Parks.
“We want to remind visitors that the life jacket ordinance it is a year round law,” stated Jeff Leatherman, Regional Parks Director. “In Sacramento County kids under 13 are required to wear a life jacket when swimming or wading in the river and anyone, regardless of age, is required to have a life jacket when using any type of boat, including rafts and inner tubes, on the American River.”
Park-goers can call 916-875-7275 to report any law enforcement issues, non-emergency accidents, or maintenance issues. As always for emergencies, dial 9-1-1. Regional Parks has a complete list of rules and regulations on its website www.sacparks.net.