Celebrate Earth Day and Feel Good

Help Parks & Trails New York and the NYS Canal Corporation celebrate Earth Day by registering your event for the 11th annual Canal Clean Sweep. This year's event, scheduled for Earth Day weekend, April 22-24, 2016 - is poised to be the best yet. CanalCleanSweep.jpg

For more than a decade, PTNY and the NYS Canal Corporation have celebrated Earth Day by hosting Canal Clean Sweep cleanup and beautification events in communities along the 524-mile Canal System. Whether it’s picking up litter in a local park or trimming brush from a section of Canalway Trail, Clean Sweep gives volunteers an opportunity to enhance treasured community spaces while working hand-in-hand with neighbors and local officials.

Canal Clean Sweep's impact and visibility have increased tremendously over the past decade, growing from 30 Canalside clean-ups in 2005 to over 100 events and 3000 volunteers in 2015. With events stretching across Upstate New York, Canal Clean Sweep is now one of the State's largest Earth Day celebrations. Clean Sweep’s popularity shows that volunteerism is alive and well across the state.

2015 was a milestone year for Canal Clean Sweep, with volunteers coming out in record numbers to celebrate 10 years of the annual spring cleaning for the Canal and Canalway Trail.

Like Clean Sweepers before them, last year's volunteers found all sorts of interesting and unusual debris while sprucing up their local Canal park or trail segment. But the real reason they come out is to give back to their local community, and to show appreciation for the Canal and Canalway Trail as a great recreational and cultural asset.


Event registration for this year's Sweep is now open. Event organizers submit details of their Sweep through the online registration, and then we post those details to the Event Finder Map.

If organizers choose to open their events to public participation, we'll also post a link for volunteers to sign up right on the webpage. Volunteer registration will open once we have a good number of events on the map.

Here’s to another great decade of Canal Clean Sweep. Join us and we’ll see what else we find!