With the Cooper River on one side and busy Admiral Wilson Boulevard on the other, Gateway Park opened in March 2019 as the Camden-Pennsauken area’s newest public open space.
The 25-acre linear park runs along the Cooper River, a Delaware River tributary, for half a mile. It provides the community with access to nature and outdoor recreation like walking, bicycling, jogging, bird watching and fishing.
Gateway Park is part of the Circuit Trails, a network of pedestrian and bicycle trails that will eventually encompass 750 miles in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The park is located directly across the river from Farnham Park and immediately downstream from Cooper River Park, famous for its rowing events.
Plans for Gateway Park include the construction of a boat ramp for launching kayaks and canoes.
Gateway Park started as a beautification project in 1999, when then-Governor Christine Todd Whitman suggested improving the appearance of the “gateway” between New Jersey and Pennsylvania in advance of the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia.
The Delaware River Port Authority bought and demolished a strip of seedy, run-down buildings along Admiral Wilson Boulevard. Although the Port Authority planted grass and built an asphalt walkway, the property was not opened to the public due to soil contamination from old leaking gas tanks.
After years of planning and an environmental cleanup, the Delaware River Port Authority transferred ownership of the property to the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority (CCMUA). New Jersey Conservation Foundation is now managing Gateway Park in cooperation with CCMUA.
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