Gowanus Lowlands

The future of Gowanus is entering a critical phase with 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. Through the Gowanus Lowlands Master Plan, Gowanus Canal Conservancy seeks to ensure the community has a key role in shaping a watershed that is accessible, active, and clean for all.

Gowanus Lowlands is a master plan that envisions a network of parks and public spaces centered on the Gowanus Canal and connected it to the surrounding watershed. A vibrant system that prioritizes access for everyone, the Gowanus Lowlands will shine a light on the Canal’s history and beauty against a backdrop of a healthy environment and safe, connected streets. At the heart of the Gowanus Lowlands vision is a clean and thriving waterway of aquatic habitat, community activity, and bustling industry.

Gowanus Lowlands builds on years of close collaboration with the community, landowners, elected officials and agency representatives to identify priorities for the future of Gowanus. In coming months, the Conservancy will further seek the community’s input to fully develop the Gowanus Lowlands Master Plan. Once complete, the plan will be implemented through collaboration with the various stakeholders involved in the policy, planning, and building stages, to bring the Gowanus Lowlands vision to life!

Lowlands Outreach Workshops

GCC will be gathering feedback on the Gowanus Lowlands Master Plan at several community workshops this spring. Workshops will be either neighborhood or topic focused to gather diverse community feedback on the plan. Choose a workshop that fits your interests and expertise. Gowanus is changing rapidly and you can help shape what it becomes!

See below for scheduled events and continue to check this space for more details. Email lowlands@gowanuscanalconservancy.org to learn more.

Neighborhood Focus Workshops

Lower Gowanus in partnership with the 8th Street Block Association
Wednesday March 21st, 7-8:30 pm, American Legion (193 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215)

Park Slope in partnership with Old Stone House, Park Slope Civic Council, and Forth on Fourth Avenue
Wednesday March 28th, 6:30-8 pm, Old Stone House (336 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11215)

Boerum Hill in partnership with Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC) Gowanus Neighborhood Coalition for Justice (GNCJ), Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE), and Turning the Tide will host a community outreach event for neighborhood residents.
Details TBD, check back soon!

Carroll Gardens
Details TBD, check back soon!

Industrial Business District (IBZ) in partnership with Gowanus Alliance and Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation (SBIDC)
Details TBD, check back soon!

Topic Focus Workshops

Arts Focus Workshop in partnership with Arts Gowanus and Carnival of Connectivity
Thursday March 29th, 6:30-8 pm, JS Gallery (313 Butler St, Brooklyn, NY 11217)
This workshop will focus on arts and public space in the Gowanus neighborhood. Community members interested in the future of arts amenities, public art, and neighborhood character in Gowanus are encouraged to attend.

Recreation and Access Focus Workshop in partnership with Gowanus Dredgers
Wednesday May 16th, 7-9 pm, Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse (165 2nd St.)
This workshop will focus on accessibility and recreation in the Gowanus neighborhood. Community members interested in open space programming, waterfront access, and restoration opportunities are encouraged to attend.

Youth, Education, and Community Focus Workshop at EXPO Gowanus
Saturday May 19th, 11-3 pm, Thomas Greene Park (225 Nevins St, Brooklyn, NY 11217)
This workshop will focus on education and youth programming in the Gowanus neighborhood. Teachers, parents, and students are encouraged to attend.

Design and Planning Expert Focus Workshop in partnership with ASLA-NY
Thursday June 21st, 6:30-8:30 pm, The Salt Lot (2 2nd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215)
This workshop will seek feedback from local design and planning experts. Landscape architects, architects, urban planners, designers, and engineers are encouraged to attend.

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Gowanus Lowlands in the News

Next City: ‘Gowanus Canal Could Be New Model for Waterfront Planning’

Architectural Digest: ‘The Future of New York’s Most Polluted Waterway’

Architects Newspaper: ‘Group Unveils Plans for Verdant Gowanus Canal’

Untapped Cities: ‘Gowanus Lowlands Visionary Plan Released to Transform Neighborhood into Thriving Ecosystem and Community Space’