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The Camden GreenWay:
Linking People and Nature

  • Capitalize on investment in trails to leverage private investment in neighborhood revitalization
  • Expand alternative physical connections between Camden and the surrounding region
  • Improve public health by encouraging active living
  • Improve overall quality of life for families and residents


In January 2010, the New Jersey Department of Transportation helped to fund and produce a trail location study for the GreenWay. This comprehensive study included mapped trail alignments and cost estimates, and identified troublesome 'hot spots' and areas with environmental issues. The report will be used to implement more trails in the future.


Ensuring the completion of the GreenWay is an important project for Gordon. “Ultimately, both the surrounding greenway trails and the Camden GreenWay would greatly benefit the city of Camden,” he said. “Residents of the city have a need for well-maintained safe open green space, as well as a need to return vacant or underutilized waterfront land into productive reuse. Waterfront open space and greenways would provide great benefits to a population currently sealed off from its own waterfront.”


In addition, Gordon said that “new pedestrian and bicycle trails, like the Camden GreenWay network, will

reconnect Camden to the region, provide alternative transportation and recreational options to residents and visitors, reduce auto dependency, preserve fossil fuels, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as improving the healthy and quality of life of users.”


Awarding of the TIGER Grant
This past February, the GreenWay project received $6 million of a $23 million award from the federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grant program. Of 1,456 requests for funding nationally, only fifty-one were selected and only two of those were trail projects.


The TIGER application was spearheaded by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia (BCGP) and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC).  The two nonprofit organizations assembled a coalition of six county and state agencies to submit $36 million worth of construction projects to complete vital sections of trails in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. The proposal received letters of support from more than 52 elected officials, institutions and non-profit organizations, including all four Senators and eight Members of Congress from New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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