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In 2011, CFP received funding from the New Jersey Historic Trust to complete an adaptive reuse study and preliminary design plans for the remains of the historic Joseph Cooper House, located at the southeastern corner of Pyne Poynt Park. The Joseph Cooper House is the oldest remaining house in the City of Camden. In July 2012, following a competitive selection process, CFP entered into a contract with Jibe Design, a historic architecture firm, to complete the adaptive reuse study and preliminary design plans. The goal of the project is to develop a plan that will commemorate the important history this house played in North Camden while creating an engaging decorative cornerstone for the park. 

Following a four month planning process that included two community meetings and three steering committee meetings, Jibe Design completed the adaptive reuse study in December 2012. CFP and the consultant then presented the conceptual plan to the Camden Historic Preservation Commission in February 2013. The adaptive reuse study documents the history of the property and its tenants and recommends an adaptive reuse scheme, which involves the transformation of the building into a pavilion with incorporated interpretive elements. The North Camden community, represented by the project steering committee, endorsed the conceptual design. Jibe Design is now completing the preliminary design plans. Additionally, CFP is seeking funding to complete final design and construction.


CFP continues to work with the Friends of Northgate Park, a North Camden-based community organization dedicated to maintaining, monitoring, programming and upgrading Northgate Park, and several other North Camden stakeholders to identify funding sources for upgrades to Northgate Park and manage the subsequent upgrades to the park. Northgate Park is located in the center of the North Camden neighborhood and is an important neighborhood asset, but requires regular maintenance and upgrades in order to continue to serve the North Camden community. The 2008 North Camden Neighborhood recommends that Northgate Park be upgraded, regularly programmed and monitored on a consistent basis.

In September 2012, CFP entered in a licensing agreement with the City of Camden to manage the rehabilitation and programming of Northgate Park. CFP has secured $200,000 for upgrades to Northgate Park from the NJDEP Green Acres Program, which, along with matching from funds from several sources including the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids and the United Way, will be utilized to perform the following upgrades to the park: installation of security cameras, repair/replace fencing, resurface basketball court, repair picnic tables, benches, water fountains and spray pool. These upgrades will complement other recent work in Northgate Park, including a comprehensive tree-trimming project and the late 2012 installation of a new playground in Northgate Park, a project that CFP worked on the with City of Camden, YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties, Horizon BCBSNJ, KaBOOM! and many local partners.


In 2006, CFP was invited by Save Our Waterfront (SOW), a coalition of individuals who live, work or worship in the North Camden neighborhood, to become a partner in planning and outreach for an updated neighborhood plan in North Camden.  CFP helped SOW to secure funding to undertake a community planning process and to hire a planning consultant. CFP was actively involved in the development of the North Camden Neighborhood Plan and related Waterfront Park Plan.

The Plan has helped to shape policy that will impact the future of the North Camden neighborhood. One major policy decision influenced by the plan was the decision by the Governor to close the Riverfront State Prison, which sits on a 15-acre site on the North Camden waterfront just North of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Demolition on the prison was completed in June, 2010, clearing away the largest obstacle to the creation of a linear waterfront park along the length of the North Camden neighborhood.

CFP has been successful in leveraging over $8 million of public funding for North Camden as a result of the Plan and prison relocation from the Delaware River Port Authority, Camden County Open Space Committee, USEPA, and the Camden Economic Recovery Board. CFP has begun to move several waterfront park projects towards implementation in partnership with the State of New Jersey, the Delaware River Port Authority, Camden City, Camden County and the North Camden community.


 In 2006, CFP was asked by Save Our Waterfront (SOW), a coalition of individuals who live, work or worship in the North Camden neighborhood, to provide consulting and technical services related to planning and outreach for an updated neighborhood plan in North Camden.  CFP helped SOW to secure funding from the Camden Redevelopment Agency, the Fund for Hew Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, and the Wachovia Regional Foundation, to undertake a community planning process and to hire a planning and outreach coordinator. CFP worked with SOW and other community stakeholders, including Respond, Inc., State Street Housing Corporation, Camden Lutheran Housing, Inc., My Brother’s Keeper, Grace Lutheran Church, Hopeworks ‘N Camden, New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Creating Opportunities for Life Together in North Camden, and Camden GreenWays, Inc., to select a consultant to develop an updated community-driven neighborhood plan for North Camden.

At the same time, with funding from the William Penn Foundation, CFDA hired a consultant to develop a conceptual plan for a waterfront linear park in North Camden. The neighborhood plan and waterfront park plan were developed on a parallel timeline and were closely coordinated so that they came together as a unified plan. Both plans were based on the same set of assumptions about where the park delineation line is, what the character of the adjacent proposed development will be and how the street grid will be extended from the existing neighborhood to the park.

The completion of the North Camden Neighborhood Plan and Waterfront Park Plan was celebrated in a final public meeting in April 2008. The plans, together under one cover, were presented and adopted by Camden Planning Board in August 2008. Together, the plans present an extremely compelling vision for North Camden’s future; a community reconnected to the river, with a revitalized core, a green ribbon of parkland along its length and significant volumes of new housing development in between the two.

After completion of the plan, CFP assisted SOW and Camden Lutheran Housing, Inc. in developing a version of the plan that fits the guidelines of the NJDCA Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC) program. In February, 2009 NJDCA approved the plan, which makes plan implementation projects eligible to receive up to $1 million a year in funding. In 2010, four North Camden organizations received $1,00,000 from the NRTC program.

The Plan received an Honor Award from the NJ Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a 2009 Smart Growth Award for Participatory Neighborhood Planning by NJ Futures.

In 2011, CFP entered into an agreement with Camden County to manage the design of the first portion of the North Camden Waterfront Park. Using funds from the Camden County Open Space Trust Fund, CFP, together with Camden County, selected T&M Associates to design the segment, from Pyne Poynt Park west to the Von Morris property. Based on feedback and input received at a community meeting and several steering committee meetings, T&M Associates first developed a conceptual plan for the park and is now preparing preliminary design documents. The park is expected to include a multi-purpose waterfront greenway trail, a boat launch and fishing pier, picnic areas and river overlooks.

In coordination with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, T&M Associates is currently completing the required environmental investigations, including the preliminary assessment and site investigation, and developing preliminary design plans. Cooper’s Ferry expects to complete the design and permitting of the waterfront park segment in 2013.

To date, CFP has secured $315,700 in funding for the construction of the waterfront park from the NJDEP Recreational Trails Program and USEPA.


CFP is working with the City of Camden and Camden County to coordinate the design, permitting, and bidding for the complete rehabilitation of Pyne Poynt Park in North Camden. The total rehabilitation of this 13-acre park located along Erie Street between Sixth and Seventh Streets was a high priority project identified in the neighborhood plan. Working with the City and County, CFP has hosted several community meetings with residents and stakeholders to review the design plans for both the roadway and park improvements. Construction is now fully funded, as CFP has secured $1.45 million from the NJDEP Green Acres Program on behalf of the City of Camden and Camden County and $2.5 million from the Camden County Open Space Trust Fund. Most recently, CFP integrated a restroom/concession stand facility into the park plans after requests from the North Camden community. Working with Camden City and Camden County, CFP is moving forward with construction, which is expected to be complete in November 2013.

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