Clean Sweep On Chenango Canal Towpath Trail - 2019
The Chenango Canal Association (CCA) hosts the 15th annual Canal Clean Sweep on
Sunday, April 20th: 11 am - 2 pm, with snacks provided.
Spring brings a breath of fresh air when the Chenango Canal Association (CCA) hosts the 15th annual Canal Clean Sweep and the 17th year of Trail Days on the Towpath Trail on Sunday, April 20th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. (snacks provided by CCA.) We ask for volunteers and groups who want to perform community service to arrive at the Chenango Canal Cottage Museum on the corner of Rt. 20 & Canal Road, Bouckville. If it pours rain, we will delay this effort to Sunday, April 21st.
This is part of a state-wide New York Parks & Trails and Canal Authority project to clean up the winter refuse and present a cared-for public trail along the Chenango Canal Towpath Trail. This five-mile, ten-foot wide trail is open to those who like to walk, watch birds, fish, picnic on the deck or mountain bike. COVE at Colgate University helps recruit volunteers from campus to work alongside CCA members and friends from the community. Working in units along the trail, volunteers pick up trash, rake around the entrances and drag downed limbs to the roadside for pickup by the NYS Canal Authority. We need you to bring your families to help because this covers five miles along the summit of this ~180 year-old towpath!
Eleventh and Twelfth graders can use this for community volunteer credit through the local school system and families can do this together as a fun family outdoor effort. You can spot wildlife and spring plants and enjoy the fresh air, plus get some outdoor scenic walking exercise while contributing to a historic resource that is open to the public.
Meet us at the Canal Cottage Museum on the corner of Route 20 and Canal Road in Bouckville. We provide large plastic construction bags to collect debris and ask that you wear work gloves, warm clothing in layers and tie-shoes or boots. If you have them, bring any tools such as a rake, loppers, an old tarp for dragging limbs, or a stick with a nail in the end to pick up papers and fast food bags.
An old tarp is helpful for loading smaller branches and leaves. Lunch is provided by the CCA.
You can register at http://ptny.org/events/canal-clean-sweep, email Diane Van Slyke at chenangocanaltowpath@gmailcom or call 315-729-8323. Or, just show up!
Pouring rain or wind in the morning could cancel that day's work so please call 315-729-8323 to check on our plans if the weather threatens to cancel the “sweep”.