The Gowanus Canal Conservancy is set to host a public meeting on April 21, at which landscape architecture firm dLandstudio will present plans for a proposed “Sponge Park” along the Gowanus Canal.

The Gowanus Canal area is a hotbed of new development plans, including a residential complex by Toll Brothers and another at Public Place (which we learned today will be developed by Hudson Companies). As such, many neighbors are thinking about the impacts of new development, and about how the canal’s pollution problem will be addressed. According to the Conservancy, the idea is for the park to be “beautiful” while simultaneously addressing the CSO (combined sewage overflow) problem (hence the name “Sponge Park”). According to Gowanus Lounge, “The land involved is currently a Verizon parking lot and the ‘Gowanus Village’ property owned by developer Shaya Boymelgreen that has been put back on the market for $20 million.” Nothing in the Conservancy’s release addressed how this land will be obtained for public use.

Those interested can find out more at the meeting, April 21, 2008 at 6:30 p.m., at P.S. 58 (330 Smith Street, corner of Carroll Street).