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!

Download the Draft Gowanus Lowlands Master Plan

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’

Partners and Sponsors

The New York Community Trust
Langan Engineering


Email lowlands@gowanuscanalconservancy.org to learn more.