In 2017, the Gowanus Canal Conservancy partnered with SCAPE Landscape Architecture to launch a vision for New York City’s next great park: The Gowanus Lowlands. This vision builds on years of close collaboration with the community, landowners, elected officials and agency representatives to advocate for cohesive planning for open space and resiliency in a changing neighborhood.
On Thursday June 21, join both GCC and SCAPE for a tour and conversation that uncovers elements of the Lowlands Master Plan in the midst of neighborhood change, including the federally mandated cleanup under the Canal’s Superfund status, related cleanups at the state and city levels, and probable land use changes that will cue both private development and city investment in the public realm. Beginning at the GCC Salt Lot, participants will be led through the design process for a proposed network of parks, public spaces, and green infrastructure centered on the Gowanus Canal and connected to the surrounding watershed.
Parks & Recreation
Health, Safety and Welfare
1. Analyze the planning, opportunities, and constraints of edge design in Gowanus with a focus on bulkhead design, access and recreation, edge ecology and restoration opportunities, and the impacts of Superfund clean-up.
2. Recognize opportunities for green infrastructure planning, design, and maintenance for CSO mitigation and stormwater management.
3. Describe the ways in which GCC is spearheading design and planning efforts in the changing environment of the Gowanus Canal, in this critical phase at the confluence of several major long-standing efforts: the federally mandated cleanup under the Canal’s Superfund status; related cleanups at the state and city levels; and probable land use changes that will cue both private development and city investment in the public realm.
Andrea Parker, Amy Motzny
New York Chapter of ASLA