Photo by Dave Warner

Together with the New York Power Authority and New York State Canal Corporation, Little Falls Mayor Mark Blask invites you to learn about “The Little Falls Connector,” a project being proposed through the Reimagine the Canals initiative, from 6 to 8 PM on Wednesday, March 29 at the Little Falls High School.

The Little Falls Connector aims to create a new pedestrian bridge, connecting the Empire State Trail directly to the Erie Canal at Lock 17, enabling easy access to Moss Island, Seeley Street, and the City of Little Falls for pedestrians and cyclists. Improvements to Seeley Street, funded through New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, will complete the connection. Additionally, a park envisioned at Lock 17 will include seating, a kayak launch, and new plantings for the City of Little Falls. Simultaneous with the construction of these projects, necessary repair work to structures in and around Lock 17 will occur, including the dam, canal walls, and lock towers.

This project follows the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and New York State Canal Corp. installation of iconic lighting on the structure, celebrating historic Erie Canal Lock E-17.

Standing at 40.5 feet, Lock E-17 is the largest single lift lock along the 524-mile New York State Canal system. The lighting of this lock is the latest in a series of projects through the state’s Reimagine the Canals initiative to illuminate historic pieces of New York’s Canalway infrastructure to both celebrate its rich history and to invite New Yorkers to enjoy the outdoor recreation and tourism opportunities that lie along the banks of the canal.