Harsh Winter Creates Numerous Volunteer OpportunitiesFairport, NY— spring is here and once again the Village of Fairport will be participating in the state-wide Canal Clean Sweep event. This year’s event, will be held on Saturday April 26, from 9am – 12 noon, will again focus on cleaning up public spaces throughout the central business and canal districts of the village. It is sponsored by the Fairport Partnership for a Better Community, the Fairport Perinton Merchants Association and the Village of Fairport.
Each year, scores of volunteers from civic and youth groups, to individuals aged 4 to 84, come together to participate. Volunteer services organizations, couples, families and individuals also participate as many village merchants power wash, sweep, and clean their storefronts, sidewalks and landscapes. Hundreds of bags of trash are collected.
Department of Public Works Chief, Paul Feeley, advises that the winter has taken a severe toll on streets, sidewalks and tree lawns. Therefore, those projects will be the primary focus of the Public Works Department in the coming weeks, leaving other spring cleanup projects in need. This means the work of this year’s volunteers, particularly in the canal-side and village parks will more important than ever.
Event coordinators include Scott Winner of the Fairport Partnership for a Better Community, Joel Cuminale of Turning Point Signs and Design, and Fairport Partnership Adopt-A-Trail coordinator and Clean Sweep event chair, Cindy Hunt.
Participants are asked to gather canal side at the Box Factory Pavilion beginning at 8:30 am the day of the event and to bring rakes, push brooms, flat shovels and work gloves. Water, coffee and donuts will be available as will free pizza after the morning’s work is done. A limited number of event t-shirts will be raffled off to those who participated.
For more information go to www.fairportpartnership.org