The City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department is continuing enhancements to the Grand Canal. Phase 3 of the project will transform the dirt path between 75th Avenue and 47th Avenue to an improved concrete pathway, introducing a new route for commuting and recreating with safe crossings where the trail crosses city streets. Salt River Project (SRP) operates the canal system and is collaborating with the City of Phoenix on this exciting new project.
The Grand Canal area between 75th Avenue and 47th Avenue 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. Improvements will be along the north bank of the canal. SRP uses the south bank for operations and maintenance.
The project will incorporate 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. Grand Canalscape Phase 3 will link neighborhoods with multiple schools, transit routes, churches, employers and entertainment venues like American Family Fields of Phoenix (formerly Maryvale Baseball Park).
Concrete pedestrian and bicycle pathway along the north bank of the canal,
Signalized crosswalks where the path crosses existing streets,
Landscaping where possible
Other amenities may include seating areas, trash receptacles, fitness stations or other infrastructure.
Phase 3 of the Grand Canalscape project will be similar to the Phase 1 and 2 projects that were completed in early 2020.