One of the joys of the ShapingNJ grant work has been to learn about, and build off of, the successes of groups working in Camden’s Waterfront South neighborhood. The Waterfront South neighborhood was chosen as the site of this project because it is home to residential, commercial and industrial uses, and also connects to the Delaware River and a number of local green spaces. The nearly completed “Walking the Green – Waterfront South Toolkit,” which incorporates community resident observations and provides recommendations for moving toward the creation of safer streets in the neighborhood, will go a long way towards planning for future safe connections between local community amenities. One such amenity is a brand new waterfront trail that was created by the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, which connects the Michael Doyle Fishing Pier and the brand new Phoenix Park along the Delaware River.
This new walkway further connects residents to the Delaware River, and underscores the change that is occurring in Waterfront South. The Walking the Green – Waterfront South Toolkit incorporates a map which shows open spaces and parks, such as the new Delaware River trail, and shows how these neighborhood features can connect to safer streets with features such as bicycle lanes, pedestrian median islands and connected sidewalks.
Going forward, all ShapingNJ Camden project partners will be meeting on September 14 at 10am at the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (1645 Ferry Ave, Camden, NJ 08104) to go over the completed toolkit and to discuss next steps in terms of outreach and implementation strategies for roadway safety improvements. The toolkit will go a long way towards prioritizing these next steps and will be utilized to aid in connecting some of the wonderful green spaces in Waterfront South, including the new Delaware River trail.