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This is our neighborhood, and we're doing something about it!

 

There are now five community organizing groups in St. Anthony of Padua Parish dealing with these specific issues:

  • The State Street Bridge
  • The halfway house on 22nd St.
  • "Emily's House," the pile of burned out rubble on 28th St.
  • Abandoned Houses
  • Von Nieda Park

If you would like to join any of these causes, call Fr. Jud or Kristen at 856-963-5884.  These groups are part of our community organizing effort with CCOP, Camden Churches Organized for People.

The pictures below were taken in and around Von Nieda Park as of the dates indicated.  As each area is cleaned up, we will remove that photo.  The park is under the jurisdiction of Camden County.  A group from St. Anthony of Padua School, the Student Leaders' Von Nieda Park Task Force, is meeting monthly with city and county parks officials.  They have had great success improving the park, and you can click here to see their webpage.  Volunteer groups, including those under the auspices of St. Anthony's, also clean the park periodically.  St. Anthony staff, including the pastor, clean some areas around the park on a daily basis.  


This is what Von Nieda Park looks like after it rains. Those are tire tracks from people who drive on the grass to get out of the flooded streets. The million dollar drainage project was supposed to start this summer, but has been delayed. We will discuss it with Cooper's Ferry on June 21 at the Von Nieda Park Meeting.



The county put nets on the hoops the week of 1/9/12.  But now some of the hoops need new nets again.

Because of the progress we have made, we have unpublished the photo essay on Von Nieda Park: "Is This the Most Depressing Park in the Nation?" 


  Even the warehouse got painted!  (The photos below show what it used to look like.)  But within days, new graffiti appears.  The long range solutionis murals, but we have not been able to contact the owner about painting murals on the building.

 

We are glad to see they dug test pits in Von Nieda Park to assess the underground water levels, and work on the flooding problem!  But work was to have begun in summer 2013.  Now, it's been pushed back until the fall, or possibly spring 2014.  We are asking Cooper's Ferry to keep us up to date on the latest progress.

June 7, 2013
 

Thanks to the County for their cleanup efforts in the park itself!  Hopefully we can get to the woods soon, too.

 The park is under the jurisdiction of Camden County.  Volunteer groups, including those under the auspices of St. Anthony's, also clean the park periodically.  St. Anthony staff, including the pastor, clean some areas around the park on a daily basis.  A group from St. Anthony's, including students from St. Anthony of Padua School, meet monthly with city and county officials about the park.  More progress is on the way!

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