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North Tonawanda sets canal cleanup for April 23

NORTH TONAWANDA – Volunteers are being sought to participate in the 11th annual Canal Clean Sweep, part of local Earth Week activities on April 23.

The mayor’s office and city Waterfront Commission ask that volunteer groups and individuals meet at the large pavilion in Mayor’s Park on Sweeney Street for the cleanup efforts, which are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

Various communities along the 524-mile canal system will participate in the cleanup event, which also highlights the significance of the canal and Canal Trail systems as a recreational tourism destination across the state.

The cleanup is being held in preparation for the upcoming, 192nd consecutive navigation season on the New York State Canal System.

North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur G. Pappas in an announcement for the event, thanked in advance sponsors Hunt Real Estate and Walmart, the Waterfront Commission and all the volunteers who come out to “beautify one of the city’s most important assets – the Erie Canal.”

“North Tonawanda is becoming a recreation destination and the canal is a big part of that,” said Pappas in a prepared statement.

Waterfront Commission Chairman Ed Smolinski called the event a great way for the community to come together and spruce up the area.

Supplies such as rakes, gloves and trash bags will be provided by the city Recreation and Parks Department.

Last year, North Tonawanda was one of 150 communities, businesses, social clubs and not-for-profit organizations that took part in 100 cleanup and beautification events along the canal system and Canal Trail.