The agencies that run the Erie Canal recreation trail and waterway are trying to get the community into the Earth Day spirit by having them sign up for clean-up events. This week the Canal Corporation and Parks and Trails New York will host its ninth annual Canal Clean Sweep. The Canalway Trail runs 277 miles and is open to a variety of recreation. Fran Gotcsik with Parks and Trails says people can get a group together, and they’ll find some work for them.
The events take place the last weekend of April, but they’re looking for sign-ups now. A community group or business can sign up to do their own maintenance along a portion of the trail, which might include picking up debris, planting flowers, or performing minor repairs around parks. In our area, there are Clean Sweep plans in Canastota, Camillus and Chittenango.
Last year there were more than 100 clean-up events, which not only beautify the trail and waterway, but also bring visibility to it. People should register events by March 15th. Information is at PTNY.org.