The first phase of the Canal & Creek Master Plan was completed in January of 2016 with an official ribbon cutting held on February 27, 2016. The project was designed by Kimley Horn & Associates and constructed by Duncan Seawall Dock & Boat Lift LLC with docks supplied by EZ Dock. The budget for the Phase 1 project was $650,000 paid for with a blend of Park Impact Fees and Surtax III funds.
Phase 1 provides connectivity of over six miles of water based recreation at Blue Ridge, McKibben, Dallas White, and Butler parks. Canoe/Kayak launches are provided at each park site with portage facilities around three water control structures which are accessible by water only.