CAMDEN CITY, NJ (October 2018)--The Freeholder Board was joined by officials from the City of Camden, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, and members of the East Camden community to unveil the newly improved and renovated Alberta Woods Park in Camden. The park recently underwent expansive renovations and improvements to transform the site into one of the city’s premiere parks.
“This is another exciting addition to the selection of open spaces and parks that are being reimagined in the city and across Camden County,” said Freeholder Jeff Nash, liaison to the Camden County Park System. “Improving open spaces for the community is a key component to raising the standard of living for residents. Ensuring a safe modern greenspace for families and kids is something we strive to produce for every neighborhood.”
The approximately $775,000 project included a new and expanded playground and sprayground, an irrigated lawn for sports practices and active recreation, a stage for outdoor performances, a new sidewalk that will serve as a walking loop around the park, picnic tables, benches, and lights, and a rain garden to capture storm water. Project priorities were determined through a community-driven design process that engaged East Camden residents, including students at the neighboring Mastery East Camden Middle and McGraw Elementary Schools.
Ground was first broken on the site in April and the project took approximately four months to complete. The project was completed in collaboration with Cooper’s Ferry Partnership and the City of Camden.
“Alberta Woods Park is just the latest in a number of open spaces to receive some much-needed renovations and improvements,” Nash said. “The Parks Department has been busy this year transforming underperforming spaces into enhanced green spaces for families. You can see with each project how the neighborhood changes and how important these spaces become to our residents.”
This is another revitalization effort that will upgrade and enhance more parks in the city. This is on top of forthcoming park openings in both the gateway area and in the Cramer Hill neighborhood over the next month.
Camden Mayor Frank Moran talked about the vital aspects that these greenspaces play in daily life for residents and ongoing outdoor initiatives.
“The importance of every Camden resident having access to a high quality public space must not be understated. Our parks play a vital role in Camden’s revitalization and efforts to transform our communities,” Moran said. “I commend the Freeholder Board and Cooper’s Ferry Partnership for not only the renovations to this popular neighborhood park but other city parks as well. I am confident the improvements to Alberta Woods Park will be well received by East Camden residents, and am proud of Camden’s progress toward the goals of the 10-Minute Walk initiative, a nationwide movement I endorsed earlier this year that strives to provide a great park within a 10-minute walk of every person across America.”
Congressman Donald Norcross also discussed the importance of the project and what it represents to the continued transformation of the city.
“It’s great to witness Camden’s historic transformation and it’s an honor to be a part of it. We’ve seen major improvements in schools and public safety followed by many new employers and opportunities for residents, and this park renovation is one example of neighborhood renewals across the city,” Norcross continued. “I thank everyone involved in this project and the entire Camden community as we continue working together to make our city a better, more beautiful place to call home.”