CAMDEN, NJ — As stakeholders begin to map out what park and open space land will look like in Camden in the years to come, they are seeking the opinion of an invaluable resource — the community.

“As a next step in the City of Camden's efforts to provide high-quality park space to all residents, Cooper's Ferry Partnership and The Trust for Public Land...are developing an inclusive, equitable, creative, implementable five-year parks and open space plan,” said the city in a release Tuesday, noting that it is also in partnership with Camden County and the Camden County Municipal Authority. 

The three pillars of the plan thus far are vision, data and community.

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Efforts are in place for Camden to be in line with a nationwide movement for a park to be within a 10-minute walk of anyone in the city. Developers also hope for parks to include more green infrastructure like increasing tree canopy, as well as water-smart parks and rain gardens that help mitigate flooding.

Camden Mayor Frank Moran said he's committed to, “redevelop and maintain parks to reflect the spirit of the community and maximize health, environmental, and social benefits.”

Community outreach has taken place since last winter, with future gatherings being planned for later in the year.

To provide your own feedback on parks and open space in Camden, fill out a survey at surveymonkey.com/r/CamdenParks.

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