Waterfront Park at the Former Harrison Avenue Landfill
In September 2009, with support from the William Penn Foundation, CFDA and the Cramer Hill Community Development Corporation (CHCDC) initiated a schematic design process for a 65-acre section of the Harrison Avenue Landfill, in partnership with the Camden Redevelopment Agency (CRA), Salvation Army, and other Cramer Hill stakeholders. The design for the Cramer Hill Waterfront Park at the Harrison Avenue Landfill builds up the Cramer Hill Waterfront Park Plan, a component of the 2009 Cramer Hill NOW! Neighborhood Plan. The park plan was created by Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT) and Dresdner Robin, with extensive input from the community and NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).
The former city landfill, which has a prominent location on the Cooper River and Delaware River backchannel, has been inactive since 1969, but was never capped or officially closed. With plans moving forward rapidly for the development of the $54 million Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center on a portion of the site, remediation and reuse of the balance of the landfill has become a priority at neighborhood, city and state levels.
The schematic landscape plan for the Park is based on the conditions detailed in the remedial investigation report for this site and was developed on a parallel track with the Remedial Action Work Plan developed under the direction of the NJDEP Office of Brownfield Reuse. The plan balances active and passive recreation, community gathering spaces and ecological restoration of the river edge habitat.
Cramer Hill is primed to take advantage of its scenic location along the backchannel of the Delaware and stunning views of Philadelphia and Petty's Island. With major investments underway, including the Kroc Center, infill housing and streetscape improvements, Cramer Hill has begun a transformation that capitalizes on its natural assets for significant economic and recreational development.