Plans in place for Fairport’s canal

July 10, 2012 by  

Fairport’s Canal Days celebration started with an announcement well-suited to the event. At the start of the month, officials unveiled plans for improvements to the village’s canal area which include more than $700,000 in upgrades and enhancements.

State grants have made it possible to add new benches, brick walks, lighting, and landscaping along the canal from the lift bridge at Main Street eastward to Church Street. Just east of the Park Street Bridge, new docks will be added.

University of Rochester President, Joel Seligman, co-chair of the Regional Economic Development Council, noted in a press release that:

“The upgrades to Fairportʼs waterfront will bring more events to the area, and with that comes increased visitor spending at local businesses….”

New York State targeted improvement of its waterways to make them more attractive destinations for recreational boating, fishing, and tourism. State Canal Director, Brian Stratton, commented that:

“The village of Fairport is an example how a community can capitalize on its proximity to the New Yorkʼs historic and beautiful Erie Canal.”

As an illustration of Stratton’s comment, the week-long Canal Days is expected to draw about 200,000 visitors to Fairport.

For the business and retail sector of the community, this translates to good news. The upsurge in pedestrian traffic offers an immediate gain for local restaurants and shops. There are also advantages for other groups, such as printing companies that do poster printing or brochure printing. These services also see gains from increased promotion of tourist events and attractions in the area. With this latest investment of development dollars in Fairport’s heritage waterway, village officials seem confident that the business advantages will continue to mount.