Help clean up the Gowanus Canal this summer!

The Gowanus Canal is a 1.8 mile long formerly industrial waterway in South Brooklyn. Much like the High Line, the canal has now fallen into disuse. Our friends over at the Gowanus Canal Conservancy are working hard to transform the canal into a vibrant public space, through its preservation, restoration, and green development.

Work has begun on an exciting design for a new linear park along the canal, the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park. The design would give the canal’s banks new life by granting the community access to the canal in a way it has not had before, developing publicly usable areas and creating a public esplanade on both sides of the Gowanus Canal.

To get all this done, they are now introducing Clean & Green — a volunteer clean-up program to get those debris-filled street ends along the Gowanus Canal into shape!

If you are interested in helping them out this summer, send an email to volunteer@gowanuscanalconservancy.org. Details below.

CleanGreen Flyer

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3 Responses

  1. In today’s NY Times, Home section, they talked about toxic soil in the Park Slope area. It must be worse along the banks of the canal.
    Is it a good idea to have children digging around in the soil along the Gowanus? Are the organizers of this event having their children partake in digging around in this area and handling the trash?

  2. You have got to be kidding. Working to grant the community access to the canal when everyone now knows how TOXIC this canal is?!! Do you think if you ignore this scientific fact, the toxicity will just go away? You think picking up some trash will really clean that canal?
    I hope volunteers get full disclosure of the long list of pollutants and toxins in the canal – and the land is toxic as well!
    I love the spin you at the “Conservancy” are trying to pull – that greenwashing job you’re trying to pull to cover up for the fact that you are the arm of a development agenda for the canal! Your “clean-up” is just a coverup!

  3. Is this a safe activity given that the EPA has clearly stated that the canal and lands alongside it are toxic? Will cleaner-uppers be wearting hasmat suits?

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