​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Western Canalscape: 4th Avenue to 24th Street

Project Overview

The Street Transportation Department, in conjunction with Salt River Project (SRP), plans to transform the Western Canal from a dirt path to an improved concrete pathway. The Western Canal area between 4th Avenue and 24th Street accommodates a lot of pedestrian and bicycle use so an improved Canalscape project will be a welcome recreation or commuting alternative to navigating nearby roads.

The primary intent of the project is to develop a contiguous commuter and recreational route, including safe crossing facilities where the trail crosses arterial and collector streets. The project will reintegrate the canals into the surrounding communities by incorporating public art, landscaping and neighborhood access points to the path to provide better visibility, access and, ultimately, appreciation of the canal system in the Phoenix area. This project will link neighborhoods with eight schools, four transit routes, a Park-and-Ride facility, five churches, and the future Valley Metro South Central Light Rail extension.

​Improvements Include:

  • Concrete pedestrian and bicycle pathway,

  • Lighting and

  • Landscaping where possible

Other possible improvements may include seating areas, shade structures, pedestrian bridges and public art.

​​Recording of October 5, 2021 Virtual Meeting/Reunión Virtual​

Did you know?

Phoenix has more miles of canal than Venice and Amsterdam combined! It's true. Now we are transforming them from essential water delivery passageways to vital recreation pathways.

Experience a Similar Project

The Street Transportation team has completed a similar project along the Grand Canal that stretches from the I-17 to the Tempe border. To see more about that project, visit phoenix.gov/streets/grandcanalscape.

Project Area Map​Map Showing Western Canalscape Project Area

Woman Pushing Stroller on Grand CanalscapeBicycle Riders on Grand CanalscapePeople Walking on Grand Canalscape 

These are photos of the Grand Canalscape project, which officially opened on February 15, 2020.

Project Timeline

​Design anticipated to be complete fall 2022

Construction anticipated to begin spring 2023
(pending right of way acquisition)

Project Manager: Michael Bouchard
(602) 262-6942

Updated October​ 2022

Virtual Pre-Construction Canal Bike Ride

Video showing current conditions from west to east as of December 2020

Stay Informed

Send an email to Community Engagement Coordinator Albert Granillo at agranillo@gciaz.com to request to be added to the project stakeholder list. Put Western Canalscape in the subject line.