Camden Landfill to Become a Multi-Million Dollar Waterfront Park

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After years of waiting, an abandoned Camden landfill will soon be transformed into a waterfront park.

On Wednesday, December 20th, the commissioner of the State Department of Environmental Protection joined with Camden City officials to announce the planned transformation of 62 acres of the Harrison Avenue Landfill into the new Cramer Hill Waterfront Park.

The planned multi-million dollar park will give the neighborhood their first access to the area's waterfront in 70 years.

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"The emphasis is to the community, tying the community, the neighborhoods, [and] all that surrounds this area back to the waterfront," said Bob Martin, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.  "[It will be] a place for people to walk and enjoy and exercise and enjoy this community going forward."

The landfill operated until 1971 and efforts to transform the area into a park and community center began in 2004 with the remediation of a portion of the area, which ten years later became the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center.

Plans for the new waterfront park include trails, a stabilized shoreline along the Delaware and Cooper Rivers, and a fishing area as well as an amphitheater and a picnic area.

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