This weekend volunteers locally and throughout the state will helping to clean up the areas along New York’s 524-mile-long canal system.
Each year, the NYS Canal Corp. and Parks & Trails New York hosts the “Canal Clean Sweep” to coincide with Earth Day, which is on Sunday, April 22. This is the 13th year of the cleanup event.
Here are some local volunteer opportunities to help clean up the canal trails:
The Lock 20 Sweep will begin at 10 a.m. at Lock 20 State Canal Park in Marcy.
The Great American Clean Up and Canal Clean Sweep will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bellamy Harbor Park. If you’d like more information, you can call 315-796-7663.
Another cleanup will begin at 9 a.m. at the Rome Sports Hall of Fame at 5790 Rome-New London Road. Volunteers will clean up approximately 2 miles of the canal trail, from the intersection of state routes 69 and 46, heading west toward New London.
The village of Ilion will be hosting a cleanup event from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Ilion Marina. Lawns and leaf bags will be provided, and volunteers are asked to bring rakes and garden tools. For more information, you can call Bridget McKinley at 315-895-7449.
Volunteers will meet to take a nice hike and clean up along the Black River Canal in Forestport. The cleanup will begin near Dutch Hill and Canal Road, down the tow path by the Hydro Plant. Volunteers will hike about 3 miles, then turn around, and clean up along the way.
The Canastota Canal Town Museum Sweep will begin at 10 a.m. at the Canal Town Museum-Education Center.