American River Parkway - Lower Sunrise Area
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The Lower Sunrise Area is located on 159 acres, between the Rossmoor Bar Area and the Sunrise Boulevard Bridge and bordered on the landward side by Sun River, a large residential development. The area includes a state-registered archaeological site, wooded areas, a grove of oaks and a landmark cottonwood tree. There are also grasslands and a marshy area which provide varied wildlife habitat. Although the river bank drops sharply to the river, a gentle slope at the eastern end of the park provides a good raft launch site.
Jim’s Bridge, a low-level bridge for pedestrians and bicycles, connects the eastern end of the Lower Sunrise Area with Sacramento Bar across the river. Lower Sunrise is developed with restrooms and drinking fountains near both entrances. A turfed area with picnic tables near the center of this park serves individual and family groups. Additional facilities for picnickers could be provided, although the proximity of the park to residences precludes intensive development.