Work to construct a new lock bridge that will carry traffic over the Chesterfield canal has begun.
The next phase of construction at Staveley Basin, to restore and improve the waterway, is to build wing walls to support its lock bridge.
Volunteers in Chesterfield Canal Trust have been working with Derbyshire County Council and other organisations on the project.
Member George Bunting, aged 65, said: “The main benefit of the work at Staveley Basin will be the boost it gives tourism with people who come in on boats hopefully spending money in Staveley.
“The thing I most enjoy about volunteering is the camaraderie, and the idea that we are achieving something for the local community and leaving something for future generations.”
The project has already seen the development of a mooring basin which can house up to 20 large canal boats.