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.