Gowanus Sponge Park will help clean dirty canal

The Gowanus Canal will soon get a Sponge Park to help with storm water run off.
The Gowanus Canal will soon get a Sponge Park to help with storm water run off.

The Gowanus Canal is about to get a little cleaner.

The Department of Environmental Protection announced Wednesday plans to construct an 1,800-square-foot Sponge Park alongside the waterway.

The $1.5 million project will be located at Second Street on the west side of the Gowanus Canal. The park will use soil to capture and clean stormwater runoff as a more sustainable approach to helping clean the canal.

“The Gowanus Sponge Park is an exciting project that uses green design to clean the water, bring people back to the water’s edge and support the revitalization of the community,” said Matthew Driscoll, president of the Environmental Facilities Corp.

The park was designed by dlandstudio and is a collaboration between DEP, the Gowanus Canal Community Development Corporation, the Gowanus Canal Conservancy and local leaders.

The park is slated for completion by summer 2015.


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