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  • Gowanus Salt Lot Public Park

    Design Team: David Briggs, Paul Coughlin, Jennifer Leone, Elise McCurley, Kenneth Miraski


    GbD proposes a new public park that includes the city-owned Salt Lot, a triangular slice of land that sits just south of the point at which three branches of the canal meet. By bringing together infrastructure, community, and environmental stewardship, it will be a place where neighbors can better understand the community’s ties to its industrial history, resilient character, and the larger ecological forces that impact inclusive, sustainable development in the surrounding area.

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  • Kentile Park

    Working with Loci Architecture, we were asked by the Gowanus Alliance to design a new community park under the elevated F & G subway line in the Gowanus neighborhood. The site between 2nd and 3rd Avenue is the former location of the Fran Brady Under The Tracks Playground which was removed when the MTA started its repairs of the overhead viaduct. We met with community representatives and conducted a visioning workshop that identified key elements of the park: passive and active recreation areas, a comfort station, a dog run, and an open area to support a weekend green market. One of the park’s key features is the installation of the iconic KENTILE letters that were removed from a nearby building in 2014. As part of a storm water retention strategy throughout the Gowanus watershed, the project includes porous surfaces, bioswales, and retention tanks to mitigate combined sewer overflow into the canal.

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