Our community is blessed with a historic, scenic environment that many enjoy—the New York State Canal System. What may be taken for granted are the efforts committed to keeping our area’s section of the Erie Canal Trail attractive and inviting.

The Rotary Club of Pittsford is one of the many volunteer groups who have helped maintain more than a mile of the Erie Canal Trail for the past 5 years. Rotarians, along with Pittsford Interact Club Members, enjoyed the fresh air while working to clean up a dedicated section of the Canal Trail.

The Pittsford Rotary takes great pride in helping maintain the Erie Canal System, as it is a unique recreational and tourism destination in the Pittsford area. The Erie Canal Trail is one of four historic waterways making up the New York State Canal System. These also include the Champlain, the Oswego and the Cayuga-Seneca Canals, which together span 524 miles across New York State. The Erie Canal Trail that our community enjoys is part of a waterway that links the Hudson River, Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes and the Niagara River with communities rich in history and culture.

To Interact Club Members and other volunteers, this activity represents more than just picking up litter—it’s having the opportunity to meet others in our community who enjoy the canal’s setting.