Plans for overhaul of Manayunk Canal boardwalk begin

With construction continuing on nearby Venice Island, local community development leaders are considering various proposals to enhance the Manayunk Canal boardwalk.

On Wednesday night, preliminary concepts were presented for the boardwalk, which runs along the canal behind the Main St. business corridor and continues northbound past the Manayunk Bridge. Project leaders are considering various means that would augment use of the path — which is predominantly used for running, walking, and biking at present — to include additional recreation, entertainment, and retail possibilities.

"We feel that there is an opportunity for the canal boardwalk area to be a great public space," said Kay Sykora, director of the Schuylkill Project. "It will move the [boardwalk] into a more central position and present an opportunity for it to be a connector both up to the commercial district and up into the neighborhood."

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