PARK SLOPE - Brooklyn residents are celebrating the reopening of the Gil Hodges Community Garden.

The garden has been retrofitted with green infrastructure that will absorb storm water, ease pressure on the city's sewer system and improve the health of the Gowanus Canal, all while providing a place for local residents to sit, relax and garden.

The newly designed garden was transformed by the Department of Environmental Protection and the New York Restoration Project, founded by the legendary Bette Midler.

Officials estimate the newly designed garden will take in 150,000 gallons of storm water a year, which should help alleviate some flooding in the area. 

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