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 Two Rivers Trail Phase 2 Existing Conditions
 Union Pacific Railroad Crossing (Existing Conditions)


Two Rivers Trail (Proposed)

The Two Rivers Trail Phase II project will provide a 2.4 mile long multi-use path between Sutter's Landing Park and H Street, by Sacramento State. The trail will provide residents of River Park and East Sacramento a safe, convenient, and protected path into downtown Sacramento. The overall vision is to eventually have the trail connect to the Sacramento River Parkway and create a continuous trail system along both sides of the Sacramento and American Rivers. In addition, the project will study the next phase of the trail between Sutter's Landing Park and the Sacramento Northern Bike Trail.

Environmental Document

The City has prepared and circulated an initial study-mitigated negative declaration for the trail project. After receiving and evaluating comments, the City has determined that it is appropriate to upgrade the level of environmental document to an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Environmental Impact Report was released for review on May 21, 2019. The comment period for the NOP was between May 21 and June 19, 2019. In addition, all comments received with the IS-MND were included as scoping comments for the EIR. A scoping meeting was held June 8, 2019 at Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Drive, Sacramento.

The draft EIR was released August 1, 2019. The comment period for the D-EIR was from August 1 to September 14, 2019. A meeting was held to discuss the findings of the D-EIR, and the changes from the previous draft environmental document. The meeting was held 2:00 pm on August 10, 2019 at Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Drive, Sacramento.

The Final EIR was certified by City Council for adoption February 4, 2020.

All document are available for review online at


Preliminary Design

The trail is currently in the preliminary design phase. This preliminary design is used to determine potential environmental impacts. In this effort, the team has analyzed multiple design alternatives, including levee top, levee toe, and an intermediate slope design. Due to restrictions imposed by flood protection agencies, we have identified the levee toe as the preferred design:

TRT Design Concept

Over the portion of the levee that does not have a toe between the levee and high-water mark, a trail alternative alignment and configuration was developed in close cooperation with flood protection agencies. The City obtained support from the flood protection agencies for construction of the trail on the slope of the levee. This trail would be incised into the levee above the river’s maximum flow elevation. However, after concerns were expressed by the community, in addition to all of the other technical and environmental challenges presented with this concept, the City was able to successfully petition the American Flood Control District for a variance to allow the trail on top of the levee in this segment.

Levee Top Trail Concept

Final Design

Final Design will begin after the environmental document is adopted by the City Council.

Public Input

The design team encourages comments from the public. When comments are received, our designers consider them, and attempt to incorporate them into the trail design.

Two Rivers Trail Design Concept 3 

Project Coordination

City staff have held bi-weekly coordination meetings with both Caltrans and USACE staff to coordinate the concurrent construction of the Two Rivers Trail with the SR51 Bridge Widening, the USACE Bank protection project (Contract 1 and Contract 3a). The three projects have coordinated environmental documents, mitigation areas and strategies, permitting, construction timing and methods.

Project websites can be found here:

USACE Contract 1&3
CalTrans SR51


The Two Rivers Trail (Phase II) has been part of the overall evolution of the American River Parkway. The project in its current form began to take shape in 2001 when the City had a Concept Plan Report created.


Two Rivers Trail Benefits


The Two Rivers trail will integrate concepts of crime prevention through environmental design (commonly abbreviated as CPTED). The enthusiastic usage of this reach will increase "eyes on the trail." According to the National Recreation and Parks Association, and our own parks and law enforcement staff, bike trails tend to reduce crime by cleaning up landscape and attracting people who use the trail for recreation and transportation.

Public Health

Surveys of City residents has shown a majority of respondents will increase their activity, and a significant number of respondents are more likely to use the trail to commute. When people have access to safe places to walk within 10 minutes of their home, they are 1.5 times more likely to meet recommended activity levels than those who don't. Comprehensive trail systems can give people the incentive to walk or bike in ways that improve overall health. In addition to the health benefits provided to users, use of this trail will mean that cars will be driven less. A reduction in vehicle miles traveled has a corresponding reduction in vehicle emissions, improving air quality for everyone.

Property Value

According to the National Association of Home Builders, trails are the most desired community amenity that homeowners seek when buying a home. In fact, neighborhood trails located in various cities have reported an increase in property value ranging from 2 to 5 percent. Studies have shown the trails do not adversely affect property values and in some cases increase property values.

Study 1 Study 2 Study 3

Costs and Funding

Two Rivers Trail Funding 

The estimated total project cost is $6,400,000. This includes project feasibility studies, design, construction, and environmental mitigation. These funds are provided primarily through state and federal grants, which leverage a small amount of local funds. This includes roughly $2,230,000 in Congestion Management and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds, $3,333,000 in Active Transportation Program (ATP) funds, and $40,000 of Federal Earmark Repurposing funds. The remainder of the costs are paid through local sources including New Measure A, and Transportation Development Act funds. There are no general funds planned for this project.

Public Engagement

The City is planning to attend the River Park Neighborhood Association General Meeting in April, 2018 to discuss the preferred design alternative, other alternatives investigated, and the process of delivering the project.

In October, the City released the project Environmental document for review. A public meeting will be held at the beginning of the review period to present the project to the entire community.

Previously, additional efforts have been made to engage the public. In 2006, the community was engaged, and an "Update Citizen's Advisory Committee" was formed as part of a County effort developing the Lower American River Integrated Area Plan Concept. These efforts ultimately began the efforts of extending the trail from Sutter's Landing Park to H Street.

In 2014, the City conducted a small survey within the River Park Neighborhood which included interviews with a River Park Neighborhood Association board member and a few appointed citizens within River Park.

In April 2018, City staff and Council Member Harris attended the River Park Neighborhood Association General Meeting to present on the current status of the project and answer questions from residents. The slideshow from the presentation can be found here.

In October 2018, City staff attended the River Park Neighborhood Association Fall General Meeting to present on the current status of the project, including information on design alternatives and environmental documentation, and to answer questions from residents. The slideshow from the presentation can be found here.

The City hosted a public meeting on the morning of Saturday October 27, 2018 at 10 A.M. City staff and consultants answered questions on the environmental document and general project information. Public comments were received during the period between October 23 and November 30, 2018.

May 11, 2019 City staff and Council Member Harris attended the River Park Neighborhood Association General Meeting to present on the status of the project. In this meeting staff

informed residents that an Environmental Impact Report would be prepared for the project, and that there is a planned “scoping meeting” to be held in June 2019.

August 10, 2019 City staff hosted a public meeting to discuss the Draft EIR findings. Following the meeting public comments were invited either in person or in writing for the next 30 days.

The final EIR was scheduled to be brought to council in December. However, after receiving multiple requests, this date was postponed until after the end of year holidays. The final EIR was certified February 4, 2020.

City Staff attended the October 2021 RPNA General Meeting along side Caltrans to present an update on the concurrent trail project and SR51 bridge widening project planned for construction in 2023.

Project Schedule 


Adam Randolph, Project Manager
Office: (916) 808-7803