April 21, 2018


2018 Registration is Open!

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. Register your event for the 13th annual Clean Sweep in April 2018!

How it 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

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



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.