The Canal District Master Plan includes many community initiatives. The City of Savannah is excited to announce the cultivation and activation of the Water Works Park coming 2022.
Nearly 130 years ago, the Savannah Water Works Pump House began treating the city’s water supply at Gwinnett Street and Stiles Avenue. Today, the nearly eight-acre (250,000+SF) site hosts several structures built between the 1930s and the 2000s for the City of Savannah. It also sits adjacent to the new Enmarket Arena & Canal District, one of the most ambitious development initiatives undertaken by the city.
The City of Savannah has expressed a clear desire to preserve the site’s historic structures and enhance the entire lot for environmental, social, and economic benefits.
The Water Works is a multi-pronged, pavement-to-parks/open street pilot project for the City of Savannah that will create a community-centric site for public use. The vibrant gathering space includes:
Muraled Pedestrian Walkway – created from all local artists and will be the largest asphalt mural in Georgia
Whimsical Family-Friendly Pop-up parks
Shipping container vendor and seating area
Event Stage for music and event performances
Pathways to Enmarket Arena and adjacent Canal District
We believe this will provide the boundless potential for creative engagement with the community, improve mobility, safety, and health, and support the economic growth for West Savannah. A new Water Works Plaza identity, rooted in the history of the Water Works building and its surrounding canal, will complete the extensive Canal District initiative that includes the Enmarket Arena, the Canal District, and the Water Works Plaza.