Gananoque, Leeds and Thousand Islands residents ‘pitch-in’ to clean up

Staff of the Town of Gananoque are preparing to take part in their own Pitch-In event next week. Pictured here is staff from the Town of Gananoque, who participated in last year’s Pitch-In event in Gananoque. – Submitted photo

With this week being Pitch-In Week, staff with the Town of Gananoque and Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands are planning their own Pitch-In events.

The Gananoque event will happen on April 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

A Pitch-In event is a community-wide cleanup where residents and community groups get together to help clean the environment.

Residents are invited to email, or call 613-382-2149, ext. 1613, if they would like to get involved.

Staff says that free pitch-in bags are available at Town Hall.

As well, the Rotary Club of Gananoque is hosting its annual cleanup on Saturday, as part of the Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup.

Volunteers from all walks of life and ages are invited to work together to help clean up and dispose of garbage and other waste and unsightly materials from the environment in the Gananoque and area waterways.

The focus areas are Rotary Beach and Bay Road, the municipal marina, Joel Stone Park waterfront, Thousand Islands Boat Museum, the 1000 Islands History Museum and City Cruises, the Gananoque River, the Gananoque trails, Hal McCarney Park and Grasshopper Park, the 1000 Islands Playhouse waterfront, Confederation Park, the Lou Jeffries Gananoque and TLTI Recreation Centre, and the east end of Gananoque.

The Rotary Club welcomes participants in communities further afield such as Rockport, Lansdowne, Charleston Lake, Seeley’s Bay and the Township for Saturday’s cleanup.

Meanwhile, the neighbouring Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands is also participating in Pitch-In Week.

People interested can pitch in on their own by picking up gloves and bags at local businesses or pitch in with TLTI, Seeley’s Bay Area Residents’ Association and the Rockport Development Group.

As well, TLTI waste sites will be collecting pitch-in bags from April 22 to May 3.

Pitch-in bags and gloves are available in Lansdowne at Hilltop Coffee. A trailer for pitch-in bags will be located at the township office from April 26 to 28.

In Lyndhurst, people can sign up and receive their TLTI pitch-in bags and gloves at Wing’s Live Bait and Tackle, at 413 Lyndhurst Road. A trailer for pitch-in bags will be located at the Lyndhurst Fire Training Centre from April 26 to 28.

In Seeley’s Bay, people can sign up and receive TLTI pitch-in bags and gloves at Fisherman’s Hardware and Auto Shop, at 139 Main Street. A trailer for pitch-in bags will be located at the Seeley’s Bay Community Hall from April 26 to 28.

In Seeley’s Bay, people can join the groups on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at Seeley’s Bay Community Hall, at 151 Main Street.

Rockport’s pitch-in event will occur on the same day, at the same time, but at the Rockport Customs Park, 27 Front Street with the Rockport Development Group.

The Township pitch-in will occur on two days – Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Jerry Park, 1 Jessie Street, and on Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon at Centennial Park, at 107 Haskins Point Road, Seeley’s Bay, and at Furnace Falls Park, 108 Water Street, Lyndhurst.

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