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North Tonawanda Mayor Austin J. Tylec announced the city will once again participate in the annual Canal Clean Sweep on Saturday, April 22, in conjunction with the New York State Canal Corp. Parks & Trails and the various communities along the 524-mile canal system.
The volunteer groups and individuals are to meet at the large pavilion at Mayor’s Park off Sweeney Street for the clean-up efforts that are scheduled to begin at 9 am.
A press release stated, “The Canal Clean Sweep highlights the growing significance of the Canal System and the Canalway Trail System as a recreational and tourism destination across the state and here in the city of North Tonawanda by encouraging volunteer community members and organizations to engage in cleanup and beautification activities along the Canal System and the Canalway Trail.”
Tylec said, “I would like to thank this year’s sponsors, Hunt Real Estate, Walmart and Galassi’s Sub Shop, for helping out, as well as our Waterfront Commission, North Tonawanda Parks and Recreation Department, and the many volunteers that come out to help keep such a vital city resource clean, beautiful and enticing for those wishing to use it for recreation purposes.”
Supplies such as rakes, gloves and trash bags will be supplied by the City Recreation and Parks Department, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own. Lunch will be provided to volunteers.
The City of North Tonawanda is one of many other communities, not-for-profit organizations, civic groups, businesses and social clubs taking part in nearly 100 cleanup and beautification events along the Canal System and the Canalway Trail.