Canal Basin Park is a custom designed play structure replicating a Sectional Canal Boat. This park was created to give the visitor a brief view into canal history. A walkway bridge was built connecting the east and west sides of the canal. The park includes the restoration of an existing canal lock and Reiser House, a Victorian home from that era.
This home has been transformed into a visitor center for the park. During the Canal Era, Captain John Dougherty, designed and built the sectional boats in Hollidaysburg, PA. Hollidaysburg went from having 72 residents to having 3,000 residents in 1830. This was all due to the railroad and canal systems that came to the area. A steam engine is also nestled in the park. Steam engines were used to pull the barges up the inclines. Come take a walk back in time through the trails at Blair County's Canal Basin Park.