WHEN:    Earth Day –  Saturday, April 22, 2017 — 9 AM

WHERE:   Meet at the High Street Park Kiosk, Byron Lapp Memorial Trail next to the Fire House.

Volunteers are needed to help Spring Clean the Park.

This year’s a special project will be done at the site of the remains of the former Montezuma Fibre Company, a paper mill that was in operation from 1906 to 1913. Josh Lindstrom, a Boy Scout from Troop 21 in Auburn will lead volunteers in creating a trail around the remains of the site.  Josh is undertaking this project as part of his Eagle Scout requirements.

We will also be picking up trash and clearing brush on the trails as needed. The program celebrates Earth Day 2017 in partnership with the New York State Canal Corporation and Parks & Trails New York. This is the 12th Annual Canal Clean Sweep.

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 Montezuma by encouraging communities, not-for-profit organizations and volunteers to engage in cleanup and beautification activities along the Canal System and the Canalway Trail.

Over 150 community organizations, service groups, municipalities, and businesses across the New York State Canal System are participating in the Canal Clean Sweep by joining in one of the more than 100 local clean-up activities in Canal parks, along public promenades, and on Canalway Trail segments in their region.

The New York State Canal System is comprised of four historic waterways, the Erie, the Champlain, the Oswego and the Cayuga-Seneca Canals. Spanning 524 miles across New York State, the waterway links the Hudson River, Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes, and the Niagara River with communities rich in history and culture.

Parks & Trails New York is the only statewide not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the health and quality of life of New Yorkers through the use and enjoyment of a growing network of parks, pedestrian and bicycle trails, greenways, and heritage corridors around the state.

Volunteers are asked to dress according to weather conditions and wear clothing appropriate for working in the woods including covering arms and legs, a hat, working gloves and shoes or boots.

As part of this multi-community celebration, Montezuma Historical Society, Friends of the Montezuma Heritage Park will host this year’s event at the above time and location. To register, please call Cheryl Longyear, Town Historian at 315-776-4656 or email at cml115@tds.net or register online at: http://www.ptny.org/events/canal-clean-sweep