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Introduction

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.
 

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