On the second official day of summer, the Camden County Freeholder Board joined city and community representatives to celebrate the completion and opening of a new sprayground in Von Nieda Park.
The new water-filled space features numerous showers and spray jets that children can run through and play with. The park also features a new rain garden that captures, infiltrates and treats the sprayground’s water, along with educational signage.
“This creative new play area will help children beat the heat as they enjoy getting in some summer recreation,” said Freeholder Bill Moen. “Von Nieda Park is one of Camden’s great public spaces, and plays a vital role in the quality of life for the residents in Cramer Hill and all of East Camden.”
Moen also said that his mother grew up coming to the park. “She told me how much fun she had as a kid here. She also told me about the flooding that had existed here for many years.”
Between public and private partnerships, Moen said that flooding in the park has decreased.
This is the first sprayground in the Camden County Park System, and was made possible through a $125,000 grant from the American Water Charitable Foundation’s Building Better Communities signature grant program, administered by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The project received additional support from the Cramer Hill Community Development Corporation and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Acres Program.
Von Nieda Park is part of the Camden County Park System. It contains baseball and softball fields, lighted basketball courts, a playground and a .33 mile bike path in Camden City.
(All Photos by SJO)