With litter-lined embankments and the occasional rusty pipe stretching across the murky water’s surface, it’s unlikely someone would look at the Ogeechee-Springfield canal on Savannah’s west side and think about kayaking.
Images of a swamp monster rising from the muddy depths would be more likely.
But some city officials have a different vision in mind.
Instead of serving as a tributary full of trash, the canal would transport boaters past a future arena as couples take leisurely strolls along the waterway.
Surrounding the canal, new businesses would serve the influx of visitors transported there via sidewalk-lined roads, biking paths and a streetcar system.
Altogether, the city’s proposed Canal District, located north of Gwinnett Street and west of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, is being touted as an extension of the downtown Historic District and a future draw for tourists and residents.
The plan is in its conceptual stages now, but city officials have begun taking steps to make the vision a reality.