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Gowanus Canal to get ‘sponge park’ in planned makeover

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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.