Camden Community News: Transforming Camden Homes and Parks

TRANSFORMING CAMDEN HOMES AND PARKS
Camden’s housing market and green spaces are seeing major changes for the better

Big changes are going down in Camden – and it’s not just vast improvements in education, public safety, and employment. No, the everyday quality of life for Camden residents is also going up, thanks to high-quality housing developments and countless park renovations taking place throughout the city. Take a moment to read more below on just how Camden is becoming an even more family-friendly and fun place to live, work, and play, and be sure to stop by one of Camden’s incredible new parks this summer.


CAMDEN TO CELEBRATE GRAND OPENING OF FIRST MARKET-RATE APARTMENT COMMUNITY IN MORE THAN A DECADE

On Monday, June 24th, Camden will celebrate the grand opening of 11 Cooper, a $48 million mixed-use building that will offer the first market-rate apartments in Camden in 15 years — as well as affordable housing options and 5,000 square feet of retail space.

Owned by CP Residential, a partnership between Conner Strong & Buckelew, NFI, and The Michaels Organization, 11 Cooper will offer 156 beautiful homes located in the heart of the city’s booming waterfront district adjacent to the Ben Franklin Bridge. The building is just one of several recent Camden housing communities developed by The Michaels Organization, with others including affordable housing communities Branch Village Townhomes and Cooper Plaza Townhomes. The 136 new units at Branch Village and Cooper Plaza will remain 100 percent affordable, serving households earning 60 percent of the Area Median Income or less.


NORTH CAMDEN LITTLE LEAGUE HITS IT OUT OF THE PARK

Saturday, June 8, was North Camden Little League’s Opening Day, where Camden’s boys and girls took to Camden parks to get their game on. Learn more about these spectacular parks below, but don’t miss this video highlighting some of the best moments of this special day.

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FROM PARKING LOT TO PANORAMIC PARK ON CAMDEN’S WATERFRONT

As published by the Cherry Hill Courier-Post on May 30, 2019
Shaniyla Johnson stretched out on a berm at RCA Pier, the newest park along the Camden Waterfront, her feet bare on the newly-installed sod.

“This was my plan for today,” the Parkside resident said, and given the oppressive humidity in the air and the relief of a gentle breeze coming off the Delaware River in front of her, it was obvious she planned well.

She’d walked by the pier, a former parking lot behind the new American Water headquarters, about a month ago with her mother, she recalled, and the two talked about how much they would enjoy the park once it opened.

The ribbon was officially cut on the park Thursday afternoon, with Camden Mayor Frank Moran, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership CEO Kris Kolluri, Camden County Freeholder Jeffrey Nash and officials from the state Department of Environmental Protection, William Penn Foundation and American Water standing atop the berm and snipping in blue band strung between a pair of saplings.

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AFTER NEARLY 20 YEARS, GATEWAY PARK OPENS TO THE PUBLIC

As published by TapInto.net on March 11, 2019
The stretch of Admiral Wilson Boulevard that runs between Camden and Pennsauken used to be home to seedy hotels, gas stations and bars that were notorious for the trafficking of drugs and prostitution.

As local officials were gathered on that same land nearly 20 years later, a lot had changed — a point emphasized by a bald eagle that flew over the Camden County Board of Freeholders Monday morning ribbon cutting celebration of the county’s newest open space, Gateway Park.

“I can’t believe I’m finally here,” Camden County Freeholder Jeffrey Nash, liaison to the Camden County Parks Department, said during his opening remarks on Monday. “There’s nothing more symbolic of the great City of Camden’s renovation, restoration and revitalization than the change to this property, because 20 years ago this property was filthy and had seedy-types of establishments.”

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CAMDEN’S LANNING SQUARE PARK SET TO UNDERGO $1.4 MILLION RENOVATION

As published by KYW News Radio on October 3, 2018
In an effort to revitalize Camden, Lanning Square Park will undergo a $1.4 million renovation.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday afternoon. As it sits now, the park at Fourth and Clinton Streets isn’t pretty, but that’s all about to change.

“There will be basketball courts and places to play. There will be a small amphitheater for performances. There will be playground equipment,” said County Freeholder Jeff Nash.

Nash says it took a lot of people working together to get to this point.

“When I look at the children and see the smiles on their faces, you know that this is really their city. This is their future,” he said.

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EAST CAMDEN PARK OPENS TO SPLASHES, SMILES AND SLIDES

As published by the Cherry Hill Courier-Post on September 5, 2018
There were plenty of ways to beat the heat Wednesday at Alberta Woods Park.

A water ice cart offered sweet frozen treats. Tall trees towered over the newly-renovated park, giving shade. Fresh, lush grass was a soft, cool contrast to the broiling asphalt.

And best of all, water gushed from pipes and fountains in the new splash pad, delighting little ones and even provoking a few adults to kick off their shoes and cool their heels.

Children from the East Camden neighborhood and Mastery schools nearby took advantage of all of those features of the park, seeking respite not only from the school day but also from the oppressive temperatures.

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