Credit: BBB

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Preservation and Management Plan

The award winning preservation plans for the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor re-envisioned the canal system as a 524-mile linear park utilizing recreational improvements to enhance economic development and highlight the rich cultural and historical heritage of the corridor and its necklace of villages, towns, and cities.

BBB's Preservation and Management Plan for the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor was the first comprehensive guide to planning across the entire canal system region. The Plan expands on BBB's work on the 1995 Recreationway Plan by introducing the concept of heritage development—strategies that focus on the preservation and enhancement of historic, natural, and recreational resources to leverage sustainable economic growth—to guide the reemergence of the Erie Canalway as a 21st century "River of Commerce and Culture." Extensive public outreach was undertaken in order to establish goals and alternate actions along the canal and helped prioritize the expenditure of public funds to best preserve and enhance the numerous nationally significant historical and natural resources and sites that exist throughout entire Erie Canalway Heritage Corridor.



National Park Service, Erie Canalway: National Heritage Corridor Commission; NY State Erie Canal Corp.


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