Pathway and River Cleanup
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.
The 2020 annual Pathway and River Cleanup is September 18-20. Registration is now closed, however you can join the conversation on cleanup day by searching #yyccleans
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.
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.
Second annual Pathway Clenup, 1968. Photo credit: Glenbow Archives NA-621h-10