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Newtown Creek Nature Walk

Please note:

The Visitor Center at Newtown Creek is open by appointment only. We are currently not open for public hours on Friday and Saturday afternoons.

The Newtown Creek Nature Walk is a quarter–mile public walkway along Newtown Creek. The Nature Walk was designed by environmental sculpture artist George Trakas and built by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art program in conjunction with DEP's ongoing upgrade of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). The walk affords visitors a unique view of its settling tanks and digesters, and is a good place to explore and learn about wastewater treatment, harbor water quality, and the history of New York City. The environmental sculptor George Trakas incorporated these themes into the design of the Nature Walk.

Planning a Field Trip to the Newtown Creek Nature Walk

Please exercise caution when near the water's edge; certain areas do not have railings. Minors must be under the supervision of a responsible adult at all times.

  • Directions
  • Open Hours: Dawn to dusk (weather permitting)
  • Nature Walk Length: 0.25 miles (0.5 miles round trip)
  • Bathrooms: None
  • Handicap Accessible: Yes
  • Please, no pets, except guide dogs.
  • No swimming, diving or entering the water.
  • No bike riding, roller blading or skate boarding.
  • Use wastebaskets to keep the Nature Walk clean for all to enjoy.

Resources for Enjoying the Newtown Creek Nature Walk

Enjoy DEP's Newtown Creek Nature Walk by taking a fun–filled Scavenger Hunt! Discover hidden treasures as you journey through artist George Trakas' vision of the important cultural, historical, and scientific aspects of Newtown Creek and the surrounding neighborhoods.