April 22, 2017


The NYS Canal Corporation and Parks & Trails New York need your help for the annual Canal Clean Sweep. Last year's event was a great success, but we want to make this year's Clean Sweep even bigger! Register below.

Register a New Canal Clean Sweep Event

Event registration is now closed, but you can still participate by volunteering at a convenient Clean Sweep event.

Volunteer for an Existing Event Become a Volunteer

Looking to chip in without having to organize a new event?
Volunteer for an existing Clean Sweep event that is convenient for your schedule and location. Use the Event Finder Map to find a suitable event, register as a volunteer, and we'll make sure that the local event organizer knows you're coming.

2017 Event Finder Map

Past Events

11th Annual Canal Clean Sweep in the books! Another sparkling success!

On April 22-24, 2016 the NYS Canal Corporation and Parks & Trails New York hosted a weekend of volunteer events along the New York State Canal System as part of the 11th annual Canal Clean Sweep. All together, 106 Clean Sweep events were held across the State, with hundreds of community groups and thousands of volunteers giving back to the NYS Canal and Canalway Trail system.

Volunteers wore smiles and the customary Canal Clean Sweep t-shirts as they took to rake and shovel on canal and trail sections across the state.

Thank you to all the dedicated event organizers and thousands of volunteers who made this year’s event a special one!

View the 2016 events map

Whadja Find?

As Canal Clean Sweep has come to be known as much for the strange things that are found every year as the noble dedication of organizers and volunteers or the event's great community spirit, take a minute to enjoy some of the weirdly, wonderful finds from 2016. We thrown in a few great shots that show groups hard at work too!

  • Tire recycling in Waterford

    Tire recycling in Waterford

  • Cheetos


  • Industrial art in Lockport

    Industrial art in Lockport

  • The pile at Vischer Ferry

    The pile at Vischer Ferry

  • Friends of Fulton Parks

    Friends of Fulton Parks

  • Baldwinsville crew

    Baldwinsville crew

  • Big bag in Lyons

    Big bag in Lyons

  • Be free little Clean Sweeper!

    Be free little Clean Sweeper!

  • Ancient washer in Rochester

    Ancient washer in Rochester

  • Mailboxes etc in Clyde

    Mailboxes etc in Clyde

  • Sweeping at Schoharie Crossing

    Sweeping at Schoharie Crossing

  • High vis in Minetto

    High vis in Minetto

  • Lots of leaves at Hudson Crossing

    Lots of leaves at Hudson Crossing

  • RPI representing in Waterford

    RPI representing in Waterford

2016 Event Sponsors - Thank you!





Another way to show your appreciaton for the Canalway Trail is by adopting a trail section through the Adopt-a-Trail program. Contact PTNY at aat@ptny.org or 518-434-1583 for more information.