Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club: Gowanus Canal Shoreline Art Walk

Gowanus Canal Shoreline Art Walk

Brooklyn, United States

Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club

Non-profit organization

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The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club is a nonprofit organization committed to transforming a dilapidated, historically significant estuary into a self-sustaining, environmentally friendly, and healthy waterfront to be enjoyed and treasured by current and future generations.

Tour Highlights

  • Hike along the Gowanus shoreline while supporting the preservation of the Gowanus Canal.
  • Explore public art with local experts and learn about Gowanus’ quirky art scene.
  • Learn about the evolution of the neighborhood and how you can support its positive growth.

Revenue is invested in encouraging waterfront activity and stewardship of the waterway, reconnecting the local community with their shoreline.

Tour Details

  • Duration

    2 hours

  • Weather

    Tour takes place rain or shine (tour itinerary might be modified in case of inclement weather)

  • Difficulty

    Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Light clothing that can get wet

Tour Description

Embark on a brisk hike along the Gowanus shoreline and discover why the Gowanus Canal has been inspiring creativity for decades. In a neighborhood once notorious for industrial pollution and the death of waterfront marine life, a renaissance is underway. Explore the neighborhood’s quirky art and athletic scene while hearing stories of its past and anticipated changes to come. Learn how you can get involved to ensure the neighborhood’s growth supports the exciting dynamics between business, art and recreational activity.

Tours are led by Rich Garr, a local artist and guide specializing in street art, or Owen Foote, a local architect and avid canoeist who has advocated for Gowanus neighborhood improvements over the past 25 years. Each month this tour evolves depending on public art, events, and the accessibility of hidden treasures, art studios, and galleries. The walk may conclude at the pumping station or near the Gowanus Dredgers boathouse, where you can warm up during the winter months, or embark on a self-guided canoe voyage during the summer.

Tour Start Address

7 9th St., Brooklyn, New York, United States

How To Get There

The meeting place is right next to the Smith / 9th St. subway station

More About Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club


To assemble and educate a diverse group of individuals, businesses, and organizations to improve the Gowanus waterfront in Brooklyn and foster awareness of issues affecting the New York-New Jersey harbor.

Main Programs

  • Estuary discovery tours

  • Gowanus waterfront canoe voyages

  • Brooklyn waterfront bicycle tours

  • Lighten Up Brooklyn events, promoting cardiovascular activity as a means to stay healthy in Brooklyn

  • Gowanus Oktoberfest - An end-of-season event to highlight accomplishments of the past season

  • South Brooklyn Waterfront Resource Map - A resource map to showcase other organizations, resources, and efforts while informing the public of waterfront issues

  • Spring Boathouse, Shoreline, and Canal Cleaning Festival - Event where volunteers collect and remove bags of trash from the estuary, sustain life and prevent dumping

Awards & Recognition

Gowanus Community Development Corporation
Award Winner
Municipal Arts Society
Award Winner
New York Times
NYC Water Trail Association
American Canoe Association
Gowanus Canal Conservancy