OSWEGO, NY – In preparation for the upcoming 186th consecutive navigation season on the New York State Canal System and in recognition of Earth Day 2011, the New York State Canal Corporation in partnership with the Parks and Trails NY, has designated April 16 as “Canal Clean Sweep.”
As part of this celebration, the Campus/City Relations Committee has scheduled April 16 (rain date, April 17) for participation in the NYS “Canal Clean Sweep” and the Oswego County-wide Earth Week.
All are invited to join this spring cleaning, which will help to beautify Oswego’s canal and lakefront.
Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to join with four to six people to form their own teams in advance.
Forms are available by sending an e-mail request as early as possible to Greg Auleta at [email protected]
If people don’t have a team but want to participate, come on April 16 to join with others to form a team.
All will meet at 1 p.m. on April 16 at the McCrobie Civic Center on Lake Street, adjacent to Oswego’s Breitbeck Park.
Refreshments will be served immediately after the event at about 3 p.m.
In case of rain (or snow), volunteers will meet at the same time and location on April 17.
For more information about the clean-up event in the city of Oswego, contact Auleta at (315) 532-4406.
The Canal Clean Sweep will help highlight the significance of the Canal System as a recreational and tourism destination in the city and county of Oswego by encouraging communities, not-for-profit organizations, and volunteers to engage in cleanup and beautification activities along the Canal System and the Canal Way Trail.
Many communities and trail groups across the New York State Canal System are also participating in the Canal Clean Sweep by hosting local cleanup activities in Canal parks, along public promenades and on Canal Way Trail segments in their region.
The New York State Canal System is comprised of four historic waterways: the Erie, the Champlain, the Oswego and the Cayuga-Seneca canals.
Spanning 524 miles across New York State, the waterway links the Hudson River, Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes and the Niagara River with communities rich in history and culture.
For information regarding events, recreational and vacation opportunities, visit www.nyscanals.gov or call 1-8004CANAL4.