Pathway and River Cleanup
During the annual cleanup event, 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. In 2020, even during COVID-19, approximately 2000 volunteers safely participated in the cleanup. To see photos from the events, search #yyccleans.
Registration for the 2021 Pathway and River Cleanup is now open!
The Pathway and River Cleanup takes place each year with the help of thousands of registered volunteers.
Prior to the event, volunteers register as groups, 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.
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.
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