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Harrison Avenue Landfill/Cramer Hill Waterfront Park Project

The Harrison Avenue Landfill is being transformed into a 62-acre waterfront park that includes shoreline protection, landfill closure, natural resource restoration and park construction.

ACTIVITIES UPDATE: Tree cutting is complete and most of the felled trees have been chipped.  A project informational sign is installed at the construction entrance on Harrison Avenue.   Additionally, the Camden Redevelopment Authority’s contractor has removed the waste drums and remediated an area containing petroleum product.

Beginning the week of April 23rd you will see installation of a perimeter air quality monitoring system, site perimeter fencing, silt fencing, and a storage compound for construction trailers and equipment.   Ground preparations including stump removal, grubbing and minor grading will also begin during this period.

Cramer Hill Waterfront Park Conceptual Plan

BACKGROUND: The former 86-acre municipal landfill is in the Cramer Hill neighborhood of Camden, at Harrison and East State Streets where the Cooper River flows into the Delaware River.  The landfill operated from approximately 1952 to 1971, but it was never capped or officially closed.  In 2006, the estate of Joan Kroc provided $59 million to the Salvation Army to build a 120,000 square-foot Community Center on a 24-acre northeastern portion of the landfill.  NJDEP provided funding of $26 million, mainly through the Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund (HDSRF), to finance the investigation of the site and remediate the portion of the land fill under the proposed community center.  The Kroc Community Center was opened in 2014, serving over 8,000 residents.  DEP’s Office of Natural Resource Restoration (ONRR), using natural resource damage settlement monies, completed a design to close and restore the remaining 62 acres of the landfill in the fall of 2017.

PROJECT SUMMARY: Managed by the ONRR, the 62-acre project has 4 main components: shoreline protection, landfill closure, habitat restoration, and park construction.

The shoreline protection involves regrading and stabilizing over 3,000 feet of shoreline on the Delaware River where municipal solid waste (MSW) and contaminated soil including pesticides and PCBs are exposed on the surface of the unstable, steep slopes in this area of the landfill.

The landfill closure involves excavating and redistributing about 375,000 cubic yards of solid waste and soil onto the center of the landfill, installing a passive gas venting system, and constructing a 2-foot thick semi-permeable cap of clean fill material and vegetation.

Habitat restoration involves enhancing and expanding the existing freshwater wetlands by constructing approximately 7 acres of tidal freshwater wetlands on both the Cooper and Delaware Rivers, creating 3 living shoreline areas along the back channel of the Delaware River, preserving three areas of existing trees as bald eagle forage habitat, re-planting trees within the remainder of the bald eagle forage habitat including an area where large, specimen trees will be planted.  Over 375,000 plantings are included in the project.  The tidal freshwater wetland on the Cooper River will connect to a fishing pond that will also be a prominent feature of the waterfront park. 

The waterfront park will include features such as an amphitheater, an entry plaza, exercise stations, a fishing plaza, hiking/biking paths and trails, historic/educational signage, a kayak launch, a picnic area, a playground, a sensory garden, shoreline observation areas, and a vista summit with panoramic views of Camden, the Delaware River, and Philadelphia.

SCHEDULE: Managed by the ONRR, the 62-acre project has 4 main components: shoreline protection, landfill closure, habitat restoration, and park construction.

The shoreline protection involves regrading and stabilizing over 3,000 feet of shoreline on the Delaware River where municipal solid waste (MSW) and contaminated soil including pesticides and PCBs are exposed on the surface of the unstable, steep slopes in this area of the landfill.

The landfill closure involves excavating and redistributing about 375,000 cubic yards of solid waste and soil onto the center of the landfill, installing a passive gas venting system, and constructing a 2-foot thick semi-permeable cap of clean fill material and vegetation.

Habitat restoration involves enhancing and expanding the existing freshwater wetlands by constructing approximately 7 acres of tidal freshwater wetlands on both the Cooper and Delaware Rivers, creating 3 living shoreline areas along the back channel of the Delaware River, preserving three areas of existing trees as bald eagle forage habitat, re-planting trees within the remainder of the bald eagle forage habitat including an area where large, specimen trees will be planted.  Over 375,000 plantings are included in the project.  The tidal freshwater wetland on the Cooper River will connect to a fishing pond that will also be a prominent feature of the waterfront park. 

The waterfront park will include features such as an amphitheater, an entry plaza, exercise stations, a fishing plaza, hiking/biking paths and trails, historic/educational signage, a kayak launch, a picnic area, a playground, a sensory garden, shoreline observation areas, and a vista summit with panoramic views of Camden, the Delaware River, and Philadelphia.

A summary of the project schedule is shown below:

Project Summary Schedule
Summary Schedule

photo: Start of Harrison Avenue Landfill Transformation in 2011
Above: Start of Harrison Avenue Landfill Transformation in 2011

photo: Harrison Avenue Landfill showing the completed Salvation Army Kroc Center property
Harrison Avenue Landfill showing the completed Salvation Army Kroc Center property

Photo:Camden Redevelopment Agency Parcel before tree clearing in March 2018
Above: Camden Redevelopment Agency Parcel before tree clearing in March 2018

Photo: Camden Redevelopment Agency Parcel showing felled trees and wood chipping In April 2018
Camden Redevelopment Agency Parcel showing felled trees and wood chipping In April 2018

Cramer Hill Waterfront Park-Conceptual Rendering-View from the Fishing Pond

 

Cramer Hill Waterfront Park-Conceptual Rendering-View from the Tidal Wetland

Cramer Hill Waterfront Park-Conceptual Rendering-View from the Summit Vista

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