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Posted by: Doug K
« on: January 29, 2020, 07:31:21 pm »

The question is: "What would you do if you had to "reimagine" the NYS Canal System...

The answer from people put to the task of answering that question can be found here: http://www.canals.ny.gov/reimagine/TaskForceReport.pdf

It's all part of the plan just released by the Reimagine Task Force and Governor.. you can find that here:

https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-29th-proposal-2020-state-state-300-million-plan-reimagine-iconic-erie

After you look at a few ideas in that report the whole thing becomes easier... just take what you read and see if it fits for your own neighborhood along the NYS Canal. This work is being subsidized by new Canal Owners.. The New York Power Authority... or NYPA.

Do you have a Guard Gate? It could become a new "skyway bridge" from one side of the canal to the other. No more walking to the nearest roads.. this opens up the trail to many.. along with the waterway. Just ask NYPA & Reimagine the Canals. We are in Brockport and will get the Prototype of this unique design.

Do you have a Bridge in your Village... NYPA & Reimagine will get some nicer lighting schemes working. If you "Light It Up".. People WILL come.

Do you have a natural stream or river culvert in your town? Reimagine can create a kayak waterway using water supplied from the Canal. The Village of Seneca Falls will soon become a "Kayaker Destination"... filling hotels & restaurants. And getting MORE people out enjoying the NYS Canal System.

After reading this whole report, and I suggest anyone who lives near or neighboring the Canal do so, you will get your own ideas... tell us yours.

Here's mine, and it's dedicated to Fairport & Perinton... based of the new Erie Canal Pocket Neighborhood.

One of the really unique ideas I saw was the NYPA plan to take a piece of unused & neglected canal property, near a current village or town, and turn it from canal desolation to a canal "destination". Use what you have, a bit cleaned up for public use, and get people nearer to the water.

Here's the one that will be done in Canastota...it looks wonderful. Make sure you see the enlarged "before" picture.



There is a place along the canal that is perfect for this.. and has a large underutilized public school right next to it... and it has a couple islands where a gazebo and walking path would be perfect. Some land would need to be cleared, and Fairport is sensitive to that a bit... but what you would get in return...amazing.

Deer play there now... and you can fish all day. It's nice a shallow widewaters, perfect for wading in to launch your kayaks. It's a bit overgrown, some large trees block the view of the water..but it looks better than where the Canastota site looks...a bit more special.

Just think how nice it would be if this transformation could occur. It's kind of overgrown, some locals think it could be made safer. It is also one of the most unique sections of the NYS Canal's main channel.. it runs almost directly north & south. Do you know where it is?



I'm speaking of the Oxbow Lake & Trail... Look in Fairport just west/south of town... where the water gets wide held back by the Oxbow Dam

It would be a perfect place for this type of idea... don't you think? Should we do a poll to collect votes?
Posted by: Doug K
« on: January 27, 2020, 09:31:26 am »

It's happening folks... and you should read about to be informed about what a 21st century canal might look like.

https://www.ny.gov/reimagine-canals-initiative/reimagine-canal-task-force



The ECNA supports this work slated for the overall NY State Canal System and ask the simple question... Why shouldn't you?

https://ecna.createaforum.com/notices-from-the-canal-authority/reimagine-the-canal-efforts-praised-by-upstate-new-york-residents-well-not-all/