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Crayons were distributed and marks were made. Optimistic words were spoken and ideas were exchanged. Our Canalscape meeting last Wednesday at David Crockett Elementary School proved to be a successful night for students and parents.

Canalscape is a City of Phoenix Grand Canal revitalization project that will be completed in Fall 2016. The City will make safety and walkability improvements for Phoenix residents to promote recreation and connections along the canal.  Love Your Block Phoenix is partnering with Mountain Park Health Center to host a community clean-up and mural painting project along the Grand Canal on Keep Phoenix Beautiful Day, November 14, 2015. The clean-up will take place along the Grand Canal between 40th Street and 36th Street. This section of the canal is north of Van Buren St. and neighbors with David Crockett Elementary School. Between 150 and 200 volunteers are expected to participate on this day of canal beautification!

The Canalscape meeting invited residents, students and parents to give feedback for the types of amenities they would like to see along the Grand Canal. Ideas of bridges, soccer fields, mile markers were shared–the sky was the limit! Students drew the types of imagery they would like incorporated into the extension of an existing community mural, which was completed in 2014 by the community and Crockett students. The recurring themes highlighted during Wednesday’s envisioning session were of “happy families” and “keeping the canal beautiful.”

Love Your Block is working to leverage the City of Phoenix and SRP’s $5 million Canalscape project by engaging the surrounding community to have a voice in the project designs. The clean-up event on November 14, 2015 will be the first step of many to beautify and improve the canal. Our hope is to make the clean-up a sustainable community event where volunteers come out every year. Stay tuned!

We would like to specially thank Mountain Park Health Center, Lori Robinson and Channel Powe of the Balsz School District, and Crockett Elementary School’s students, parents, and Principal Sean Hannafin for a memorable night.

The Love Your Block Canal Demonstration project team will host another Canalscape meeting at the Roosevelt Plaza Apartments from 5-7pm on Tuesday, October 13th.

All photographs taken by Lysistrata Hall, City of Phoenix.