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Commonwealth Games Legacy

The Commonwealth Games may be over but there is a huge amount to look forward to in 2023.

We were proud to showcase our canals throughout the year – we were part of the Birmingham 2022 Festival with over 2.4 million people experiencing arts, culture, environment and heritage across the city.

Narrowboat decorated with Union Jack bunting passes moored boats and pedestrians on a busy stretch of the canal, with bars and restaurants lining the towpath.

Over 2,000 people took a look on ‘Journeys' – a floating heritage experience showcasing how the canals of the past were used for tourism and visiting sites across Birmingham and the Black Country.

Three boats move through Birmingham city centre on a sunny day with several people walking along the towpath.

As one of the leading members of United By Birmingham 2022, our volunteers worked hard to make our canals look amazing, gain valuable experience and be part of the Games experience. We cleaned up over 22 miles of canals as part of our #plasticschallenge.

Canoeists enjoying the canal

By working as an affiliate partner of #Gen22 and part of the legacy for the Games, we worked with over 100 young people, to gain valuable experience and confidence, and get active out and about on our blue and green waterways. And we look forward to working with partners and stakeholders on Games legacy as the region looks forward to future opportunities.

And people of all ages and backgrounds took part in over 100 ‘Let's' activities – on the water or on the towpaths and our green spaces.

Birmingham 2022 had a sustainability pledge to be the greenest Games ever. Our iconic canals within Birmingham City centre helped transport people around the vibrant hub and launched journeys to other venues with 16.5 miles of canals becoming Active Travel Routes.

Over 11 days, 1.5 million tickets to sporting events sold, and FIVE million visitors to the city and the region – made the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games the most successful ever.

Perry the mascot

While we were very sad to say goodbye to Perry… we continue to showcase our canals, work with partners and ensure our beautiful historic blue & green waterways are able to be enjoyed by future generations.


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Last Edited: 02 March 2023

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