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PHX to Kick-off $4.9M Grand Canalscape

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Source: City of Phoenix

The City of Phoenix is inviting community members to participate in the design kick-off event for the first phase of the Grand Canalscape project. The purpose of the project is to provide a safe route for bicycle and pedestrian traffic away from city streets and integrate the canals into the surrounding communities through improved access, public art and landscaping – with the goal of increasing usage and appreciation of the canal system in the Phoenix area.

The event will be held Sat., Aug. 29, 9-10:30 a.m. at Steele Indian School Park Memorial Hall, 300 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix. The event will offer community members an opportunity to learn about the project and provide input on desired amenities.

The project is being designed by a team that includes artist Michael Singer, engineering firm TY Lin and landscape architects from Gavan and Barker.  They will be available during the event to answer questions and meet community members.

In the first phase of the Grand Canalscape project, two sections of the canal will be improved.

They include the stretch from 15th Avenue to 16th Street on the west end, and Garfield Street to Van Buren Street on the east. A multi-use path along the north bank of the canal, pedestrian lighting, landscaping, new connections to provide neighborhood access and signalized trail crossings at key intersections will be among the upgrades.

The Grand Canalscape Project represents the first phase of creating a safe, larger regional trail and crossing project, which will ultimately result in a continuous trail along the Grand Canal through central Phoenix between Glendale and Tempe.

The vision for the Canalscape originated with Arizona Forward, a local organization that remains actively involved in advocating for the project.

Construction is anticipated to begin next summer. Additional community meetings will be held prior to construction.

The $4.9M project is funded by the city of Phoenix and Salt River Project, which operates the canal, and is being overseen by the Phoenix Street Transportation Department and the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.

To learn more about this project visit grandcanalscape.com

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