The Brockport High School Girls Swim Team has been involved in the Canalway Adopt-a-Trail program since its inception in 2003, demonstrating a commitment to their local community and providing a great service for all who love and use the trail.
The group cleans and maintains a section of trail in the Village of Brockport from the Smith Street Bridge west to the flood lock by the SUNY-Brockport dorms. The size of the volunteer force on any given cleanup varies, but generally about 30 girls participate each year.
The team hits the trail for a major cleanup in August, and then participates in bike rides and runs on the trail in September, October and November. They’ll pick up where they left off in the spring with monthly walks with smaller groups, usually the upper-classmen. The Swim Team also volunteers with the Morgan Manning House, a historic home in Brockport that now serves as a museum.
Don Voorheis, the coordinator for the high school group, reports that there has been less and less trash over the years. He also has some ideas for trail enhancements in Brockport that the group may pursue, including a doggie bag dispenser on the trail.
Mr. Voorheis sums up the motivation for trail adoption this way, “Many of our swimmers love to help out the community and this is an easy way for them to start realizing how beneficial it can be to take a half hour out of the day once a month to help the area. Also, the girls can then use this as a community service project if they need to have any documentation for classes.”
Thanks to all the swimmers who have taken part in Brockport’s Adopt-a-Trail program over the years. Your efforts make a difference.