Camden Landfill Transformation into Waterfront Park Will Help Residents Safely Access Outdoors, Address Lingering Pollution, Public Health Issues

National Wildlife Federation, New Jersey Audubon Applaud Governor Murphy, Department of Environmental Protection, Others Involved in Project

CAMDEN, N.J. — The National Wildlife Federation and New Jersey Audubon heralded the transformation of the Harrison Avenue Landfill, a persistent source of air pollution and other problems for the health and well-being of Camden-area residents, into the Cramer Hill Waterfront Park. This transformation remediates the polluting landfill and eye-sore and will help children and families connect with nature, recreate and spend time together more easily.

The opportunity to safely access nature is a critical environmental justice issue. Far too many Black and brown communities do not have access to safe, natural areas.

“NJ Audubon thanks Governor Murphy, DEP, and Camden’s commitment to ensuring equitable access to nature through this newly restored urban gem,” said Eric Stiles, president and CEO of New Jersey Audubon.  “For too long residents of our great cities have been denied high quality, safe experiences with wildlife, fish, butterflies and plants. Many studies have shown the physical and mental health benefits of spending time in nature including higher academic achievement in our children and reduced crime in neighborhoods with well managed parks. This treasure in Cramer Hill is critical to righting the historic wrongs of environmental injustice in cities like Camden.”

“It is our hope that the increased outdoor activities at Cramer Hill Waterfront Park, will inspire increased regulations and enforcement efforts for the polluting facilities also located along the Camden waterfront, and beyond,” said Marcus Sibley, director of conservation partnerships for the National Wildlife Federation. “This multi-purposed urban green space is an incredible step in the right direction, and we applaud Governor Murphy, the Department of Environmental Protection, and all entities involved for this tremendous win for the environment, wildlife, and the community.” 


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