Phoenix residents can look forward to strolling along a beautiful canal soon — and they won’t have to leave the country to do it.
The Grand Canalscape project is designed to reinvent Phoenix by integrating the canals into neighborhoods and adding lighted pathways along the north bank.
“There are more miles of canal in greater Phoenix than in Venice and Amsterdam combined,” said Diane Brossart, CEO of Arizona Forward. “So there is a real opportunity to make those into destination points, points of pride for the community.”
Phase one of the project is expected to run along the Grand Canal from 15th Avenue to 16th Street and from Garfield to Van Buren. The City of Phoenix, Arizona Forward and SRP (Salt River Projects) are working together on the $4.9 million project.
Kerry Wilcoxon with the City of Phoenix said the city is looking for as much input from residents as possible.
“For this project to work we have to recognize that it’s really not my project, and it’s not the developers’ or contractors’ project, it’s not really even the city’s project, it’s the residents’ project,” Wilcoxon said.