8th Annual Clean Sweep Event Prepares Canal for Tourism

For the past eight years, Parks & Trails New York has hosted the Canal Clean Sweep event on Earth Day.

Fran Gotcsik, director of Programs and Policy for Parks & Trails New York, likened it to “getting ready for company.”

The goal of the event is to get the Canal and Canal Trailway ready for tourism and the boating season, and it’s always on Earth Day.

Though Gotcsik pointed out there are “some events yet to take place.”

The list of events by county can be found at http://www.ptny.org/canalway/sweep/2013events.pdf

There are still two events left to be held in Oswego County, the “Battle Island Clean Sweep” on April 29 at 10 a.m., and “Bridge House Brats Clean Sweep” on May 4 at 10 a.m.

Volunteers can still sign up for both of these events using the contact information on the website.

“The major activity was trimming brush and picking up trash along the trail and banks of the canal,” said Gotcsik.

Every year, the Clean Sweep has grown. This year was no exception with 154 participating organizations and more than 3,000 volunteers.

Throughout spring and summer visitors will be boating along the canal, and biking or walking the trails.

Volunteers prepared this great tourism resource all the way from Buffalo to Albany, including both the Champlain and Oswego Canal systems.

Gotcsik said she loves seeing “people working together to get the area as clean and inviting as possible. It’s a great way for people to get out.”