The Holyoke Canalwalk is a pedestrian walkway and promenade along the City of Holyoke’s historic canals. It includes a wide promenade along the 1st and 2nd Canals, and includes decorative paving, lighting, landscaping, railings, and benches to enhance and encourage pedestrian and bicycle activity along the canals to bring life back to the abutting sites and buildings. The Canalwalk project will serve as a new pedestrian and bicycle transportation network. The project will connect major attractions within the City’s Innovation District, including City Hall, Holyoke Heritage State Park, the Holyoke Children’s Museum, businesses, artists’ studios, galleries and the Green High Performance Computing Center. The Canalwalk will also provide a regional link to the Connecticut River Greenway project that will link the Pioneer Valley along a recreation and commuter system for alternative transportation such as walking and biking.
Construction for Phase II of the Canalwalk began during the Summer of 2014 and a groundbreaking was held on October 30, 2015. The second Phase construction was paid with $4.3 Million in federal funds. Initial planning is underway for Phase III, which would continue on Race Street to Cabot Street, connecting with the Willimansett Bridge to Chicopee.