April 20, 2019


Thank you for making Clean Sweep 2018 a success!

Each Earth Day, the NYS Canal Corporation and Parks & Trails New York host Canal Clean Sweep, a day of spring cleaning on sections of the Canalway Trail, in canalside parks, and in other public areas throughout the Canal corridor. This years event was another success and we want to thank all of the event organizers and volunteers who participated!

We can't wait until Earth Day 2019 to do it again!

How Clean Sweep Works

  • Get a group together & pick your favorite Canalway Trail section or other trailside area
  • Pick a date for some spring cleaning (We recommend Earth Day, but it's up to you!)
  • Register your event- we'll put it on our interactive event map (below)
  • Promote your event through local media and ask volunteers to register
  • Have fun & get to work!

2018 Event Finder Map


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. That's where the #WhadjaFind? competition comes in. Organizers submit photos of their strange finds, and great spirit of volunteers to win Erie Canalway Trail swag.

Join us in congratulating our 2018 #WhadjaFind? competition winners!

Best Clean Sweep Spirit: Clifton Park's Parks, Trails & Riverfront Sweep
clifton park brownie troop 2037

With 30 events across the Town and 400 volunteers lending a hand, Clifton Park takes Clean Sweep to the next level.

Strangest Trash Treasure Find: Sam Patch Boat Clean Sweep

sam patch whadjafind

Quoting the organizer of the Sam Patch Boat Clean Sweep: "Hundreds of pounds of trash, a small statue of Ganesh, a rubber snake, dozens of wine corks and a rusted eyelash curler."

Biggest Trash "Collection": Tonawanda Gateway Harbor Clean-up

They get big crowds and amass huge piles of collected debris every year on the Niagara Frontier. The weather didn't cooperate this year, but they still collected a huge haul. Nice work!

Take a peek at great shots from Clean Sweep events across the state in our Canal Clean Sweep gallery.

  • 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



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.