The Gowanus Canal is getting a makeover.
Today the Department of Environmental Protection announced plans to build a sponge park where 2nd street dead ends on the west side of the canal.
The 18-hundred square foot park will cost $1.5 million – funded by the city council and various government grants.
Not only will it be a new place for New Yorkers to lounge around — the park is designed to capture and retain storm water before it reaches the canal.
It is expected to be open by summer 2015.