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
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
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
Industrial art in Lockport
The pile at Vischer Ferry
Friends of Fulton Parks
Big bag in Lyons
Be free little Clean Sweeper!
Ancient washer in Rochester
Mailboxes etc in Clyde
Sweeping at Schoharie Crossing
High vis in Minetto
Lots of leaves at Hudson Crossing
RPI representing in Waterford