Community Foundations


Sustaining land and legacy:
San Joaquin River Parkway Trust

Broad corridors and prominent bluffs define a thriving yet vulnerable San Joaquin River approached by advancing urbanization.

In 1988, Valley residents, aware of the fragile nature of the surrounding land and its wildlife, partnered with local governments, as well as state and federal agencies, to create the San Joaquin River Parkway Trust. Recognizing the vital environmental, cultural, scientific, agricultural, educational, recreational, scenic and wildlife resources, the Trust fosters collaboration to assure an enduring river for tomorrow.

In a funding relationship with the Fresno Regional Foundation that spans more than a decade, the Parkway Trust continues to extend trails and increase public access, and to restore a century-old site into a center for river studies.

Each year, more than 11,000 schoolchildren learn of the river's relevance to our natural and cultural history. Thousands of families embark on canoe and kayak adventures, enjoy Camp Pashayan, and benefit from the numerous parks with their amenities. Community clubs and organizations use the open land to capture glimpses of bald eagles and gaze at the wonders of our galaxy. With over 2,700 acres of publicly owned land, the San Joaquin River Parkway Trust sustains a legacy of Valley life.