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PHOENIX – The ancient Hohokam civilization first built Phoenix’s canal system more than 600 years ago. In the fall, Phoenix officials plan to start a project they hope will revive and improve the Grand Canal.

The Grand Canalscape Project will include nearly 12 miles of trails along the canal, from Interstate 17 to the border between Phoenix and Tempe.

The first phase includes the north bank between 15th Avenue and 16th Street and the south bank between Garfield and Van Buren streets.

Some of the improvements along the Grand Canal will include commuter paths, pedestrian lighting, landscaping and public art, according to the city of Phoenix. (Photo by Alexis Berdine/Cronkite News)

When completed, pedestrians will have a continuous trail along the Grand Canal. (Photo by Alexis Berdine/Cronkite News)

Not all areas of the canal have railings. This portion off of Central Avenue will see improvements, but it also is a good example of an accessible area of the canal. (Photo by Alexis Berdine/Cronkite News)

May 2017