April 22, 2018


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. Join us again in 2018!

2017 Clean Sweep kicks off Erie Canal Bicentennial

Volunteer groups from across the Canal Corridor once again displayed their dedication to the Canal and Canalway Trail system with more than 100 clean up events. Thanks to all the great organizers and volunteers!

2017 Clean Sweep in Pictures

2017 Event Finder Map

2017 Event Sponsor - Thank you!


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



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.