This summer GCC worked with a group of Brooklyn high school students to come up with green designs for public spaces around the Gowanus Canal. This group of students were members of Youth In Planning: a NYC-based group of urban planners that volunteer to introduce youth to urban planning through a service project. To begin, students participated in a walking tour and learned about the work being done here at GCC. For this weeklong event, GCC partnered with Youth In Planning to see what might be done in the Gowanus Watershed area.
Students created teams and together explored the Gowanus area, mapping out the landscape block by block, looking for neglected street ends, sidewalks and other spaces that could be improved through green scape. On the final day of the program, the group of student teams presented their maps, findings and intervention ideas.
The purpose of the Youth in Planning program was to help young participants to understand ongoing social and ecological change in a dynamic neighborhood, develop site analysis skills and gain hands-on experience building a public space amenity. In addition to mapping and developing their own proposals, young participants of this program also weeded the edge garden at the Salt Lot on 2nd Ave and constructed a bench out of reclaimed wood, installing the piece at the 3rd Ave. garden.