April 24, 2021


Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus/COVID-19
Parks & Trails New York and the Canal Corporation decided to
cancel Canal Clean Sweep 2020

The health of all of our potential volunteers is of the utmost importance to PTNY and the Canal Corporation. We are currently waiting to see how conditions in the state progress before we make a final decision about Canal Clean Sweep 2021. Please check back for more updates or email any questions to canalsweep@ptny.org.

Although a final decision about Canal Clean Sweep has not been made, the Canalway Trail remains open. We encourage you to engage in clean sweep activities (garbage and debris removal) while you are out on the trail (while following the recommended social distancing guidelines and using proper precautions).

Highlights from Canal Clean Sweep 2019


Best Clean Sweep Spirit: BSA Troop & Cub Scout Pack 35

These Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts exemplified the Scout Law by braving cold weather and snow during their Clean Sweep event. They did an exceptional job picking up litter from the culvert under the canal and on the towpaths.


Strangest Trash Find: Village of Ilion

Volunteers at the Second Annual Ilion Canal Clean Up found this oddity: a baby walker! The event organizer said "thank goodness the individual that threw this out the window didn't throw the baby with it!"


Biggest Trash "Collection": Minetto Beautification

This group is small but mighty! They collected all sorts of litter; everything from non-returnable cans and bottles to foam bait boxes to fast food cups. Nice work!



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 canaltrail@ptny.org or 518-434-1583 for more information.

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