Keep it clean! Canal Clean Sweep April 25-27

Join us April 25-27 for the ninth annual Canal Clean Sweep; the event will commemorate Earth Day 2014 and prepare the Canal and Canalway Trail for the 190th consecutive navigation season.

clean sweep volunteers (1024x768)The 9th Annual Canal Clean Sweep will occur Friday-Sunday, April 25-27. Canal Clean Sweep is a volunteer event, where multiple portions of the Canal System and Trail get a “spring cleaning.” The event will also serve as a kickoff for the 190th consecutive navigation season on the New York State Canal System.

 Last year over 150 communities, civic groups, businesses, and social clubs took part in nearly 100 cleanup and beautification events along the Canal System and the Canalway Trail. Your participation will ensure that the 9th Annual Canal Clean Sweep is an even bigger success.  Whether it’s picking up litter and brush on lock grounds, helping to remove debris from a local Canal park, or preparing a section of Canalway Trail for the thousands of visitors that arrive each year, your efforts will enhance and preserve this tremendous environmental, cultural and historic resource.

To participate, first visit the Parks & Trails New York website, http://www.ptny.org/canalway/sweep/2014events.shtml, where you’ll find a comprehensive listing of events taking place throughout the weekend. Find the event on the list that’s most convenient for you, then contact the organizer listed for that event.

If you don’t see any organized events in your community, it’s easy to put one together yourself! Organizing groups receive free Canal Clean Sweep T-shirts and the Canal Corporation will provide trash bags and arrange for the disposal of collected and bagged trash.  Each group will be expected to provide its own tools (if needed) as well as work gloves. To organize a local event, register online at http://www.ptny.org/canalway/sweep/ no later than March 15, 2014.

If you have any questions or would like further information on participating or coordinating an event in your community, please contact James Meerdink at canalsweep@ptny.org or (518) 434-1583 x208. Thank you for your continued partnership and interest in improving recreation, tourism and community revitalization along the New York State Canal System.

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