People celebrating the Labor Day weekend on the American River or the adjoining parkway are reminded that an alcohol ban will be in effect today through Monday.
Consumption of alcohol and possession of open containers will be prohibited on the American River Parkway and on the river between Watt and Hazel avenues.
Sacramento County Regional Parks officials stress that the temporary alcohol ban will be enforced to increase safety during the holiday weekend. Violations of the alcohol restriction may result in a citation or arrest.
Also, during the Labor Day weekend, entrance fees to Sacramento County Regional Parks will rise to meet the demand for greater patrol and maintenance of the park system.
For people without annual passes, vehicle entrance fees to all county parks will increase to $8 for single vehicles and $13 for oversize vehicles and vehicles with trailers.
Parks officials also remind visitors that the county ordinance requiring life jackets is in effect year-round. In Sacramento County, children younger than 13 are required to wear a life jacket when swimming or wading in the river, and everyone, regardless of age, is required to have a life jacket when using any type of boat, including rafts and inner tubes.
To report law enforcement issues, non-emergency accidents or maintenance concerns, parkgoers can call (916) 875-7275. Emergencies should be reported by calling 911.
Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.