Friend of Folsom Parkways is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in the City of Folsom, Ca.
Our vision is to promote the development, usage and preservation of parkways within the City of Folsom.
Our parkway system provides resources for activities that are healthy, clean, and inexpensive – and those activities help reduce energy usage, greenhouse gases, oil dependence, and traffic congestion.
Our mission is to make the citizens of Folsom aware of the parkways, raise funds for parkway development, work to educate the community on parkway issues, work to influence development proposals to the benefit of the parkways, and work to identify areas of Folsom worthy of inclusion in the parkway system.
Our members get involved in:
- Planning and building trails and trail facilities.
- Creating and promoting activities for the trail system.
- Supporting Trails Day and Run with Nature.
- Speaking to school and community groups
- Advocating for our natural areas before the City Council and Planning Commission.
The Friends of Folsom Parkways (FOFP) was founded in 1990 by Sara Myers, a member of the Folsom City Council, to be watchdogs for the public interest. The first president was Richard Merz. During this period of explosive growth, the Friends worked with the City of Folsom, land developers, concerned citizens and volunteer organizations to promote the careful planning of trails, the preservation of trees and scenic open space, and advocated passive recreational uses such as walking, jogging, bicycling, fishing, picnicking, bird watching and more.
For years FOFP has played a key role in the grants awarded to the City for trail development as the grass roots organization demonstrating public support, volunteer efforts or in-kind services, an essential component in grant applications. Funds for trails were also obtained from corporate sources and through events such as the Annual Fun Run.
The Friends have been involved in the construction of over 30 miles of bike trails in Folsom and worked to secure over 300 acres of open space in the City. Fifty miles of future trails are currently being planned.
The Friends were instrumental in preparation of the Humbug-Willow Creek Parkways Guidelines that established important criteria for the HBWC corridor and the Master Plan. In 1996 and 1997 as independent spokesmen for the public interest, the Friends repeatedly urged the City to safeguard scenic corridors and open space along the HBWC corridor. The creation of trails and trail widths were determined during this period.
The Friends also pushed for a tough city tree ordinance. This campaign was led by Bill Bailey, vice president of FOFP (1992-2000). A landmark grove designation was obtained and stiffer rules were adopted.
In 1996 Ed Pegram, FOFP president, persuaded the City to create a trail coordinator position. Subsequently, Jim Konopka was hired and began seeking grants and planning trails.
Under the leadership of Sara Myers, president from 1997 to 2007, several appeals were filed to protect scenic corridors and enforce HBWC guidelines. One appeal saved a landmark grove of trees and required stringent regulations for gas stations placed adjacent to the watershed to prevent contamination by MTBE. In 1998 the destruction of oak trees in the Russell Ranch (now Empire Ranch) area during construction of the extension of East Natoma St. was exposed by FOFP and resulted in a fine of $250,000.