Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thank you to 47th Annual Pathway & River Cleanup volunteers

Thank you to the nearly 3,000 Calgarians who came out on Sunday, May 25 for The City of Calgary Parks 47th Annual Pathway & River Cleanup. Final numbers are now in and volunteers cleaned up approximately 200 kilometres of pathways, parks and river’s edge and picked up a whopping 2970 kilograms of garbage!

The City hopes this momentum keeps going throughout the rest of the year to help reduce the amount of waste so less and less is collected at the event each year. The goal is to reduce the total garbage picked up by volunteers at the event to only 100 kilograms by 2025.

Citizens not able to participate on Sunday were encouraged to get involved by voting for the 2014 Best Find. Some of the unique and quirky finds on Sunday include a hockey stick, an embroidered suitcase, photo negatives, and a computer keyboard. One lucky volunteer even found a $100 bill and choose to pay it forward by donating the money, plus an additional $100, to charity. Voting is open until Friday May 30 at noon so it’s not too late to check out the photos and ‘like’ your favourite. The photo with the most ‘likes’ wins, and winner will be announced on Monday, June 2 on our Parks Facebook page.

For those who missed out on this year’s Pathway & River Cleanup, there is still a chance to get involved. Extra help is always welcome and citizens wanting to pitch in throughout the year can pick up a Litter Cleanup (TLC) Kit at various locations around the city. These kits are simple tools for Calgarians to help clean city parks and natural areas.

To learn more about the 2014 Pathway & River Cleanup, and find out how to get involved in the 2015 cleanup, visit

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