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Pathway and River Cleanup

Pathway and River cleanup

The 2021 Pathway and River Cleanup is from September 17 - 19.

The Pathway and River Cleanup is an annual event. During the cleanup, thousands of registered volunteers help remove litter in Calgary’s parks and along our city’s pathways and river banks.

In 2019, over 2,250 volunteers collected garbage in every quadrant of the city, including parks, green spaces and nearly 300 kilometres of pathways and river banks. To see photos from the events, search #yyccleans.

Registration will open on June 15 for returning groups and July 15 for new group registration

For additional information Contact Parks

Event information

The Pathway and River Cleanup takes place each year with the help of thousands of registered volunteers.

Prior to the event, volunteer groups are encouraged to register, identifying a designated leader and a designated cleanup area. Any registered volunteers without a group will be assigned to a City of Calgary team at one of three designated parks. During the cleanup, volunteers remove the litter within their assigned location. The litter is collected in bags and placed beside pathways or in City garbage bins. City staff pick up the bags and transport them to a designated dump site where they are properly disposed of by Waste & Recycling Services.

If you notice garbage bags that have not been picked up, please contact 311.

Stay connected

For Pathway and River Cleanup updates or to see event photos shared by our volunteers, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook or search #yyccleans.

Pathway and River Cleanup History

The Pathway and River Cleanup began in 1967 when 12-year-old Sandra Crawford was walking alongside the Elbow River. During her stroll, she noticed a mattress lying in the water.

She tried to remove it, but was not able to pull it out on her own. Instead of leaving the mattress for someone else to remove, she saw it as an opportunity to take action. She wrote a letter to the Calgary Herald about the debris which led to what has since been declared as the first Pathway and River Cleanup. 

If you have any questions about the Pathway and River Cleanup, please contact 311.

Presenting sponsor:

Thanks to presenting sponsor, ConocoPhillips Canada, for their continued support of the Pathway and River Cleanup.

Second annual Pathway Clenup, 1968. Photo credit: Glenbow Archives NA-621h-10