Bicentennial Canal Gateway Project
About the Project
In 2018, the Fairport Industrial Development Agency committed $500,000 to assist with the Fairport Bicentennial Canal Gateway Project which would dramatically transform the banks of the Erie Canal in the heart of the Village. Capitalizing on local assets to create appealing and unique places where people want to live, work and play, the project objectives included improved pedestrian access to the canal, a diversity of recreational opportunities and enhanced connections from the neighborhood to the Main Street corridor.
The project created an ADA accessible formalized waterfront park which celebrates the Erie Canal’s and Village’s history. In addition to the tangible benefits of the project, the project strengthens the sense of community, and sense of place that the Village has worked to establish.
In addition to the FIDA contribution, the Village of Fairport investment was aided by an award of grant funding from the New York State Canal Corporation and the NYS Office of Parks and Recreation. Our partners at the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor made an additional award to assist FIDA with the design of the project.
Completed in 2020, the Bicentennial Canal Gateway project was named Small Cities/Structures Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association/Genesee Valley Chapter and received the 2021 Merit Award/Built Design from the American Society of Landscape Architects/New York Upstate.
Today, the Village of Fairport enjoys a far-reaching reputation as the “Crown Jewel of the Erie Canal” drawing visitors from across the world. These significant public improvements have spurred private investments, with over $40 Million of private investment in the Village during the period of 2015-2020.