The Office of Sen. Rich Funke and The Fairport Perinton Partnership for a Better Community hosted a Canal Clean Sweep Weekend clean-up April 22-24 in the Village of Fairport.

Over 130 residents joined together to remove trash, refresh landscaping and otherwise beautify several locations throughout the Village of Fairport and Town of Perinton in support of Canal Clean Sweep Weekend.

“From Lake Ontario to the great Erie Canal, our community is defined by water, so we want to do all we can to keep our waterways looking good,” Funke said. “With over 300 miles of canal running through New York, there’s no shortage of work to be done to get this destination waterway ship-shape for spring and summer. I thank all those who volunteered in our Fairport clean-up and I encourage everyone to consider joining a canal sweep event in their area this weekend.”

In recognition of Earth Day and in preparation for the upcoming 192nd consecutive navigation season on the New York State Canal System, the New York State Canal Corporation and Parks & Trails New York coordinated the eleventh annual Canal Clean Sweep. Over 150 community organizations, service groups, municipalities and businesses joined more than 100 local clean-up activities in Canal parks, along public promenades and on Canalway Trail segments across New York.

“Our annual Clean Sweep is when we come together as a community every spring and beautify the canal and Fairport area in anticipation of our festival season,” said Scott Winner, executive director of the Fairport Perinton Partnership for a Better Community. “The great turnout today speaks volumes about the pride residents of Fairport and Perinton have in our village and town.”

The Fairport Perinton Partnership for a Better Community is an independent multi-disciplinary organization of volunteers who provide professional services to the Village of Fairport and Town of Perinton.

For more information, visit ptny.org.