Holyoke Canal Walk Phase II Begins Text Size

City and State officials recently broke ground for Phase II of the Holyoke Canal Walk project. Gov. Deval Patrick, former U.S. Rep., John Olver, Mayor Alex Morse and Transportation Secretary Richard Davey along with other city officials marked the ceremonial groundbreaking.


The first phase of the Holyoke Canal Walk was completed in 2009. Federal money was used to develop the walk between Appleton and Dwight streets on Level 1.


Phase II will connect pedestrians to historic Holyoke, the Holyoke Innovation District and Heritage State Park. It will create about 3,000 feet of pedestrian walkways along Race Street, between Appleton and Dwight streets and includes rehabilitation of a railroad bridge for pedestrian use, sidewalk improvements, benches, lookouts over the canal and lighting. Sidewalk improvements are already underway along Dwight Street.


In the past few years, Race Street has become a vibrant art center, home to artists, galleries and creative innovation. This resurgence has attracted people from all over the country to shop, and attend events. Once the Canal Walk is completed, both city residents and visitors will be able to enjoy a more accessible attractive space.


“It fits in with our vision to have downtown be a vibrant place,” said Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse.  “Obviously, we envision cafes and restaurants, maybe some retail space along the canal walk.  We already have a lot of art galleries and what not happening in the downtown, so it’s our job to make sure we spur private investment and by completing the canal walk.”


For coverage of the event, please visit the recent MassLive article. For inquires please contact the Office of Panning and Economic Development at (413) 322-5655.


Posted on June 26, 2014 by