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Tonawanda Earth Day events include cleanup and Chalk Fest

The Town of Tonawanda Rails to Trails opened up with fanfare last year, a nearly four-mile trail atop a former railroad bed, which stretches from Kenmore Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda to State Street in the City of Tonawanda.

There was a lot of prep work and cleanup to get the trail ready last season. This year's Rails to Trails Cleanup will be held on April 22, in honor of Earth Day, to kick off the season.

"It won't be as bad as last year when we took out couches and chairs," said Councilman Dan Crangle, chairman of the Youth, Parks and Recreation Committee.

The cleanup will be followed by the town's first annual Chalk Fest, which begins with check-in at 10:30 a.m. and competition from 11 a.m. to noon at Lincoln Arena, 1200 Parker Blvd. The competition is open to all ages with categories for children ages 5 to 11 and 12 to 18, as well as adults ages 18 and up, and teams or families of three to six people. The Chalk Fest is free.

Volunteers for the cleanup are asked to meet at Lincoln Arena at 8:30 a.m. for assignments. Refreshments and a special gift will be provided, while supplies last. Volunteers are reminded to dress appropriately for the weather. Pants, long sleeves, gloves and boots are encouraged.

Children under 12 who want to participate in the cleanup must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up online for the cleanup at The event is sponsored by the Town of Tonawanda Recreation Department and co-sponsored by the NFTA and National Fuel.

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