Why not fill it in and sell the lots? I never found it to be an attractive feature in the city and there's a natural water way one street over. Just my opinion, but I don't feel too many residents will get much enjoyment from looking at a canal. Forty years here and I was only intrigued when they drained it. It's amazing to think of the work that was involved to build the canal but I think it's done its time.
Congratulations to all of you. It's nice to see people getting recognition for their hard work.
I plow for a living and encounter numerous vehicles without any lights on. It's pretty nerve racking when you don't see them till they're within fifty feet of you and traveling at 40 mph.