in 2003 by Sacramento County and its
Emergency Medical Services Agency, the Kids
Don’t Float program has provided more than
2,000 new life vests annually for
distribution at river-access stations.
In 2012, the American River Parkway
Foundation took financial responsibility for
the program and committed to
supplying all the life vests.
In 2008, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance
requiring life preservers for access to the public waters within the County
of Sacramento. The ordinance reads in part, “It is unlawful for any parent
to permit his or her child under the age of thirteen (13) in his or her care
to access any public waters unless said child is wearing a life preserver.”
Violation of the ordinance is punishable by a fine of $500 and/or six months
Through the Kids Don’t Float program, the life vests will be re-supplied and
inspected twice a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day by the Drowning
Accident Rescue Team (DART), Sac Metro Fire, and ARPF mile stewards. The
Discovery Park (2 sites)
Ancil Hoffman Park
Howe Avenue river access
Watt Avenue river access
River Bend Park
Sunrise river access.
Each station offers 8 to 12 life vests in kids sizes.
For any questions, please contact ARPF offices at (916)