Many groups will give canal a clean sweep on Saturday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 April 2023 at 1:51 pm

Provided photo: Holley students picked up trash along the Erie Canal at last year’s Canal Clean Sweep, going from the public boat launch on County Line Road at Route 31 to Transit Road.

Many local organizations and residents will be out on Saturday picking up garbage along the Erie Canal towpath and in the canal communities as part of the 18th annual Canal Clean Sweep.

Last year, not-for-profit organizations, civic groups, businesses, and social clubs took part in more than 130 events along the Canal System and the Canalway Trail as 2,700 volunteers helped clean up nearly 1,500 bags of garbage in the events that are promoted by the NYS Canal Corporation and Parks & Trails New York.

Many cleanup crews will be out on Saturday in Orleans County. The Canal Clean Sweep website shows many locations with groups registering to work on trash pickup.

Those organizations and spots in Orleans County include:

• The Medina Rotary Club will do a trash pickup on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon from the Fruit Avenue bridge to the Marshall Road bridge.

• The Medina Lions Club will do its environmental clean-up day at Lions’ Park next to the North Gravel lift bridge on May 6 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The club will pick up any trash, spread mulch around the trees in the park and along the road in the park. We will also clean up a walkway with memorial bricks. Hot dogs and drinks to be served after the cleanup is completed.

• The Sons of the American Legion in Medina will do trash pickup, debris removal and landscaping along the Erie Canalway from the American Legion in Medina east one mile to the Bates Road Boat Launch from 10 a.m. to noon.

• The Ashwood Wesleyan Church will have a group meet at the church at 12540 Platten Rd. in Lyndonville at 9:30 a.m. and then will go to a spot along the canal until noon.

• BSA Troop 35 and Cub Pack 35 will perform cleanup of the canal banks over and around the Canal Culvert at Culvert Road in Ridgeway from 9 to 11 a.m. The Scouts will also remove any debris and garbage in the culvert tunnel.

• In Albion, volunteers are welcome to meet at the Lockstone on the northside of the canal at 10 a.m. to pick up trash along the towpath until noon. The Marling family, Doherty family, and Albion Rotary Club and Interact Club will be part of the effort.

• In Holley, the Rotary Club and Interact Club will have a large group of students and volunteers out on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, covering about 9 miles of the towpath. They will meet in the high school parking lot. Holley Cub Scout Pack 3062 will also be part of the effort.

To register to volunteer click here to be directed to the Canal Clean Sweep website which has a map of locations for clean-up events.