DPD Staff provided design and project management support on the Lowell National Historical Park funded Western Canal project. Initial phases included the development of a canal walk from the head of the Western Canal on Dutton Street about ¼ mile to Broadway Street along the western bank of the canal.
This $1.4 million project improved pedestrian access to the Acre neighborhood and was the first of three phases of improvements planned for the Western Canalway. Phase III, Moody Street to Father Morrissette Boulevard was completed by the NPS in 2010.
Currently, Western Canal Phase II is under construction, with a cost of over $1.7 million, and was completed in 2012. This project refurbished the canal's original Paul Lu landscape design with improved pavements, railings, plantings and site amenities along the canal from Broadway to Moody Street.