New Waterfront Park Opens on Former New Jersey State Prison Site

A new waterfront park opened up in Camden, New Jersey on June 5, 2017. Cooper's Poynt Waterfront Park is now where Riverfront State Prison was once located. Here are some pictures of opening day.

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Cooper's Poynt Waterfront Park ribbon cutting ceremony took place June 5, 2017.
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A crowd gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Cooper's Poynt Waterfront Park.
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“The completion of Cooper’s Poynt Waterfront Park represents the culmination of years of perseverance, cooperation, collaboration, tenacity and vision that a group of residents and stakeholders had for this site and for the City of Camden,” said Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd.
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Congressman Donald Norcross, Camden Mayor Dana Redd and Camden City Council President Frank Moran spoke at the event.
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“This park takes advantage of Camden’s natural assets to create an incredible recreational destination and spur economic development in the neighborhood,” said Camden City Council President Frank Moran.
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The five-acre park was first envisioned in 2008 and was a collaboration between the NJ Economic Development Authority, the City of Camden, Save Our Waterfront and Cooper's Ferry Partnership.
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“We’ve been talking about Camden’s growth for decades. Now, all of that talk is becoming a reality. It’s amazing to see the transformation before my eyes and it’s an honor to be a part of it,” said Congressman Norcross.
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The park has an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible playground, a half-mile, multi-purpose trail, and views of the Ben Franklin Bridge.
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“I thank everyone involved in this project and all of the Camden advocates who are consistently working together to make our city more beautiful, safer and a better place to call home," Congressman Norcross said. "I look forward to seeing my children and grandchildren visit this park for years to come."
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