New York State Canal Clean Sweep
5:54 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

NY Parks & Trail Urges Community Members to Participate in Canal Clean Up

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.

This photo was taken at Camillus Erie Canal Park on the Cycling the Erie Canal Bike Tour. The next Clean Sweep for this location is Saturday, April 26.

Parks and Trail Spokesperson Fran Gotcsik discusses some of the tasks completed at the Canal Clean Sweep events and it's importance to tourism in New York State.

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. 

This photo was taken at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum on the Cycling the Erie Canal Bike Tour. The next Clean Sweep for this location is Friday, April 25.

Fran Gotscik stresses the community aspect of Clean Sweep events

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