This past fall, ULI convened a group of national and local experts in Camden, NJ for a parks and open space National Study Visit. Informed by the goals of 10 Minute Walk, the ULI panelists provided recommendations for marketing, programming, governing, and maximizing the community benefits of the forthcoming Cramer Hill Waterfront Park in Camden, NJ. Experts were asked to consider:
How can the Cramer Hill Waterfront Park be maintained, operated, and programmed in a cost-effective way?
What can Camden do to create high-quality park access points for residents and visitors, while paying attention to mitigation strategies to address weather-related challenges (including flooding and extreme heat)?
What can Camden do now to lay a foundation for future financial success of the park and surrounding neighborhood?
Experts from Orlando to San Antonio to Detroit included public officials and ULI members with significant experience in design, development, community engagement, architecture and planning including: Study Visit Chair Glenda Hood (Hood Partners LLC, former Mayor of Orlando, Orlando, FL); Omar Gonzalez (Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation, San Antonio, TX); Art Hendricks (King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks / Vocalese Consulting, Seattle, WA); Derrick Lanardo Woody (DLW LLC, Washington, DC); Jennifer Kanalos (Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Detroit, MI); Bill Mahar (Norris Design, Denver, CO); Allison Schapker (Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia, PA); Rob Sloop (Moffatt & Nichol, Baltimore, MD).
10 Minute Walk is a movement dedicated to improving access to safe, high-quality parks and green spaces in cities—large and small—throughout the United States. Led by The Trust for Public Land (TPL), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Urban Land Institute and with support from The JPB Foundation, 10 Minute Walk is working to create a world in which, by 2050, all city-dwellers live within a 10-minute walk of a quality park or green space.