The city has begun design for the first and second phase of the Grand Canalscape project, which will create a nearly 12-mile continuous trail system along the Grand Canal from I-17 to the Phoenix/Tempe border.
The Grand Canalscape Project is part of a larger regional trail and crossing project, which will ultimately result in a continuous trail along the Grand Canal between Glendale and Tempe. The vision for the Canalscape project originated with Arizona Forward, a local organization. The Canalscape vision was further supported by the ReinventPHX community outreach effort in which residents voiced strong support for canal bank improvements along the Grand Canal.
Phase One will enhance the Grand Canal from approximately 15th Avenue to 16th Street and Indian School Road (Uptown Area) and near 36th Street terminating at 40th Street (Gateway North). For the Uptown Area, the improvements include a multi-use commuter path along the north bank, pedestrian lighting, landscaping, public art elements, neighborhood links to local streets, and signalized trail crossings at Seventh Avenue, Central Avenue and Seventh Street. For Gateway North, a neighborhood path is proposed primarily along the south bank with neighborhood links to local streets and minor public art elements along the pathway. Phase one is funded by the City of Phoenix and Salt River Project under the Municipal Aesthetics Program. You can learn about Phase One here.