Community Involvement and Tree Programs

Community Clean Sweep Day: Saturday, October 16, 2021

The Community Clean Sweep Day invites volunteers to help clean up our City. Twice each year, volunteers scatter throughout City parks, trails, walkways and main street boulevards to collect litter and debris. 

Important Information:

  • Register for the Community Clean Sweep online. Link to register will be uploaded closer to the event date.
  • Complete and submit the Participation Waiver, (Instructions to follow.)
  • Youth volunteers ages 14 to 16 must also have a parent/guardian sign and submit a Youth Permission Form 
  • Youth volunteers under 14 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. For every four (4) volunteers under 14, at least one (1) parent/guardian is required.
  • Choose any City of Niagara Falls park, trail, walkway or main street boulevard.
  • Clean Sweep may be performed only on the event date during daylight hours.
  • Leave filled, tied bags at the street corner or park/trail entrance, then email us with the location for City Staff to collect.
  • In case of a rain out, this event will not be re-scheduled (see safety instructions below).

Safety Instructions for all volunteers

  • Clean only during daylight hours.
  • Stop and take shelter in the event of heavy rain, fog, lightning, thunder, etc.
  • Dress for the elements and wear brightly coloured clothing or hi-vis safety vests.
    • Wear covered toe shoes (no sandals).
    • Cover your arms and legs for more protection.
    • Do not wear any jewelry, long scarves  or other items that could become a hazard.
  • AVOID hazardous plants and stinging insects.
  • DO NOT attempt to touch or move any wildlife (call a wildlife rescue/rehab if in distress to avoid injury).
  • DO NOT pick up possible contaminants (masks, gloves, etc.), large/heavy objects (tires, furniture, etc.), or sharps (broken glass, needles, etc.).
    • DO NOT place such objects in trash bags or trash cans.
    • Report dangerous objects as soon as possible (during or after the event). City Staff will be dispatched to the location you provide (be as detailed as possible).
  • DO NOT enter any construction areas or water hazards.
  • DO NOT travel across or clean private property.

For more information, please contact Jeff Guarasci, Community Development Coordinator. Phone: 905-356-7521 extension 3341.

NEW!  Walker Industries Complimentary Waste Disposal Program

Walker Industries is a company dedicated to the environment, community and safety of their employees and they want to do their part and help keep the communities in which we live and operate clean and safe. They hope to do this by making every day a “day of action on litter” by offering free disposal for any community clean up initiative year round across Niagara Region.

Dependent on any existing government restrictions, the Thorold landfill will provide free disposal of litter collected by community groups who pre-register their 2021 community cleanup initiatives. Community groups must register their clean-up group in advance to be granted free-disposal by email (Include group name, which municipality you are based in/will be doing their clean-up in, and expected date of clean-up).  Please review further information on guidelines for accessing free disposal for 2021.

Adopt A Street/Trail/Park/Walkway

You can help keep your environment clean and beautiful! The Adopt A Street Program is a campaign to beautify and take pride in the City of Niagara Falls. Volunteer groups are encouraged to adopt a street, trail, park or walkway, and take responsibility for litter pick-up, weed pulling, etc. along the selected area. Complete the application form online.

For updated documents including applications, waivers, checklists and safety guidelines, please contact Jeff Guarasci, Community Development Coordinator. Phone: 905-356-7521 ext 3341. 

Mother Earth Day: Postponed to 2022.  Date TBD.

The Park in the City Committee has postponed the launching of their inaugural Mother Earth Day event to a date to be determined in 2022.  Other events such as a tree planting and pollinator installation will take place during this event.  Environmental vendors, demonstrations, entertainment and local food fair will be available for the community to enjoy.  Partners of the event will also be hosting a wide variety of interactive youth and family stations to keep everyone busy during the day.  For a complete listing of planned activities and how you can get involved, please visit the Mother Earth Day page.

Environment Award

Congratulations to our most recent winner, Land Care Niagara. The City of Niagara Falls Environment Award, sponsored and endorsed by the Park in the City Committee, is presented to citizens, groups, businesses, industry or organizations residing or working in the City of Niagara Falls who have made a significant contribution toward the protection or enhancement of the City's environment.

Over the past 24 years, the City of Niagara Falls Park in the City Committee has recognized many groups and individuals who demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the improvement and preservation of the environment. View the Past winners of the Environment Award for a full list of recipients of the award.

Nominations will be accepted year round. A complete, one page submission will be accepted, including a bio and accomplishments of the nominee and the nominator's and nominee full contact information.

Note: Only winning submissions will be contacted prior to the annual Volunteer Recognition Evening, which takes places annually at the beginning of November. Recipients will be given complimentary tickets to the Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. 

Park in the City Memorial Fund

A Living Legacy established since 2008. This donor program aims to help implement greening initiatives throughout the City of Niagara Falls. Plan a gift that helps to create a healthy environment.  The City will issue letters for income tax purposes for donations $10 and greater. Niagara Falls Funeral Homes will accept donations to the fund by request. Donations can also be made at Fairview Cemetery, MacBain Community Centre and the Gale Centre.  The City will accept cheque and cash donations.  For more information on how you can make a donation or on where funds are allocated to, please call the Recreation & Culture Department at 905-356-7521 ext. 3330 or send us an email.

Street Tree Program.

For the past several years, the Park in the City Committee has been fortunate to partner with generous supporters including Niagara Peninsula Energy Inc. and Ontario Power Generation to enhance the urban forest canopy and deliver a great program to the community. The Street Tree Program enables the Committee to plant roughly 40 to 50 trees in city boulevards, medians, trails and parks. Residents of Niagara Falls are encouraged to apply for this program if they are without a tree along their boulevard and that they meet the below eligibility requirement. Trees are free of charge and will be planted in the late fall annually.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Your boulevard is currently without a tree.
  • You are the owner of the property requesting the tree.
  • You have not made pre-arrangements with the City of Niagara Falls regarding a previous or existing tree on your boulevard.
  • You have never had a street tree and are not calling for a replacement tree.
  • You have not previously participated in the program.
  • You do not live in a subdivision that is less than five (5) years old.

If your boulevard tree was recently cut down, you will not qualify for the program. Instead, please inquire about a replacement tree at the Municipal Service Centre by calling 905-356-1355.

To request a free street tree, please ensure you meet the above requirements, then contact Jeff Guarasci, Community Development Coordinator.   

Phone: 905-356-7521 ext. 3341.

Tree Planting and Pollinator Garden installations

Limited volunteer opportunities will be available to participate in future community tree and pollinator plantings in 2021.  Volunteer opportunities will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Once opportunities are listed below, the public is encouraged to register for these events, by email or call Jeff Guarasci, Community Development Coordinator, City of Niagara Falls at 905-356-7521 ext. 3341 during regular business hours (Mon to Fri - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm). 

  • Earth Day Tree Planting along the Millennium Recreational Trail - Niagara Falls Lions Legacy Pathway. Thursday, April 22 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.  POSTPONED TO THE FALL 2021.  DATE TBD.
  • Please check back soon for updates.

Volunteer Opportunities

For volunteer and/or sponsorship opportunities, or for more information about Park in the City programs and events, please call:

905-356-7521 ext. 3330 or visit our volunteers webpage