Holyoke Canalwalk expansion to begin

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Patrick and state transportation leaders were in Holyoke Monday morning to mark the beginning of the next phase of improvements to the city’s Canalwalk.

The Canalwalk is part of revitalization efforts along Holyoke’s historic canals, which aims to draw more people downtown to work, shop, and go out to eat. The first phase of the project included the building of a walkway along the First Level Canal, opposite Heritage State Park.

This next phase will create around 3,000 feet of additional walkways around the canals.

Governor Patrick spoke a lot Monday about connectivity; the $3.5 million project will connect pedestrians to the historic part of the city, the Innovation District, and Heritage State Park. The Canalwalk is also located also near the Transportation Center on Maple Street, and a new train platform coming to Dwight Street.

“The Knowledge Corridor (rail line) will reopen the end of this year, and Amtrak will be coming once or twice a day from New York to Vermont and connecting the cities along the Pioneer Valley to each other,” Patrick said.

Along the Canal Walk, sidewalks will be redone, and benches, lookouts, and improved lighting will be added.

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