Camden’s 2018 'Connect the Lots' Event Schedule Announced

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Camden Mayor Frank Moran and Cooper’s Ferry Partnership celebrated the kick-off of the 2018 Connect the Lots season on Thursday, May 10th, 2018 in Cooper’s Poynt Waterfront Park, where they announced the details of its premier event – Camden Night Gardens – as well as the full line-up of programming and special events for the upcoming season.

“We’re so excited to get the 2018 Connect the Lots season started,” said Camden Mayor Frank Moran.

“Camden neighborhoods will be brimming with activity this summer, from outdoor movies to lunchtime concerts, and with lots of opportunities to get athletic or creative in between.”

“We’ve designed Connect the Lots to offer a wide variety of activities to engage residents and to reinvigorate parks and underutilized spaces in Camden neighborhoods,” said Kris Kolluri, CEO of Cooper’s Ferry Partnership.

“Our programming for this year may be our best yet and truly has something to offer for everyone in the city.”

The first event of the season, Camden Night Gardens, will take place on May 18th, at 7 p.m. at Cooper’s Poynt Waterfront Park. The festival is free to enter, with attractions including live music from local bands, dance performances, art installations, fireworks, and a car show. Food will be sold from a variety of the region’s best food trucks, and a 300-foot zip line will offer rides for $5.

The season’s other major events include Camden’s Got Talent, the city’s third annual talent show, on June 28th at Dudley Grange Park; the Camden Peace Games, a citywide basketball fest, on July 28th at Von Nieda Park; and, of course, the Camden Jam: Arts and Music Festival on September 9th

This year Connect the Lots has expanded its reach in underutilized spaces to include Camden’s waterways.

The first annual “I Paddle Camden” will take place on June 23rd on Newton Creek and then July 21st on Cooper River.  There are many opportunities to explore Camden in new ways this summer—in a kayak, on a bike, or on foot.   

With the return of “I Bike Camden,” residents can take a 10-mile leisure bike ride on June 9th starting at Cooper’s Poynt Waterfront Park. 

The schedule also features “I Walk Camden,” a walk event hosted by Mayor Moran through his own East Camden neighborhood.

With special events and weekly activities, Connect the Lots offers free family-friendly activities nearly every day this summer. 

Additional regular weekly events include:

·       Outdoor Movies – Fridays at 8 P.M. in June and July at Roosevelt Plaza and in August at Dudley Grange Park

·       Zumba – Mondays in June-August at 6 P.M. at Dudley Grange Park

·       Yoga – Tuesdays in June-August at 6 P.M. at Johnson Park

·       House Party Fitness – Wednesdays in June-August at 6 P.M. at Yorkship Square

·       Bootcamp – Thursdays in June-August at 6 P.M. at Cooper’s Poynt Waterfront Park

·       Aqua Aerobics – Saturdays in July & August at 9:30 A.M.at Centerville Pool and 11 A.M. at North Camden Pool

Connect the Lots is a collaboration between Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, the City of Camden, Get Healthy Camden, Camden Promise Zone, and the residents and stakeholders of the Camden neighborhoods where the program’s activities and events take place. 

For more information, visit connectthelotscamden.com or call 856-757-9154.

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