Gowanus Canal to get ‘sponge park’ in planned makeover

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

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.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.