Pyne Poynt Park
The 13-acre Pyne Poynt Park, located along Erie Street between Sixth and Seventh Streets, is the largest park in North Camden as well as the only existing public access point to the riverfront for the community. The public park offers a mix of athletic fields used for a variety of sports including basketball, handball, soccer and baseball; however the fields and amenities are in disrepair. Frequent flooding leaves the large lawns unusable at times, and they are often abused by people driving ATVs or motorbikes through the park. The lack of a curb, sidewalk, and fencing leaves the field unprotected. Years of neglect and misuse have taken their toll on the park.
Within the Open Space section of the 2008 North Camden Neighborhood Plan, residents identified a series of strategic improvements throughout the park to make it more accessible, functional, and user friendly. The plan included a new storm water management component, expanded visitor amenities and improved athletic fields, lighting, and reconstructed city roads.
In the summer of 2008, SOW, neighborhood stakeholders, and the City and County Parks worked to prepare and publicly advertise a Request for Proposals (RFP) to engage an engineering firm to design these strategic improvements in Pyne Poynt Park. With guidance from a neighborhood steering committee, the project engineer recently completed the design of the park. Construction is expected to begin in 2013.
North Camden Waterfront Park
In an effort to implement the vision spelled out in the North Camden Waterfront Park Plan, SOW, in partnership with Cooper’s Ferry Partnership and several other North Camden stakeholders, commenced the design process for the first phase of the waterfront park in October, 2011. The project boundaries for this phase are Pyne Poynt Park to the east and the Von Morris property to the west. With funding from the Camden County Open Space Trust Fund, Save Our Waterfront and Cooper’s Ferry Partnership engaged a design consultant to develop the plans. Since the project’s inception, SOW has hosted a series of neighborhood steering committee meetings to help guide the development of the park plan. Design is expected to be complete in the fall of 2013.
7th St Gateway Project
In collaboration with Cooper’s Ferry Partnership and the City of Camden, SOW is working on designing and constructing improvements to 7th Street in North Camden from Linden Street to Elm Street. 7th Street is heavily used by pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists as a thoroughfare into North Camden from downtown Camden.
7th Street needs significant improvements. Drivers have to navigate around potholes and faded car lanes, cyclists do not have a marked bike-lane, and pedestrians do not have adequate lighting and properly identified crosswalks. Despite the state of disrepair, many residents have to use 7th Street every day. The necessary renovations will greatly improve the commute on this thoroughfare.
When the project is complete it will transform 7th Street, improving North Camden’s public image and attractiveness to investment, calming traffic, and increasing public safety. The road will be narrowed, the planting median widened, and a bicycle lane added as well as streetscape enhancements. The updates will also include new sidewalks, cross-walks, and improved lighting. The plan will improve mobility for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. The final design process is expected to begin in 2013.
As a founding member of the Friends of Northgate Park, SOW is working toward the revitalization of Northgate Park, situated in the center of the North Camden. The four-acre park is a fixture in the North Camden community, but has fallen victim to misuse and neglect in recent years. Since its founding in 2011, the Friends of Northgate Park has committed to opening and closing the park on a daily basis, cleaning the park, providing programming, and exploring funding opportunities for park upgrades.