Camden Athletic Fields is now officially open. The complex, at the former Campbell’s Field, has been transformed into one of South Jersey’s most recognizable youth sports facilities and will host Rutgers – Camden athletics, Camden City youth sports and everyday community use.
“This brand new sports complex will expand the availability of open playing fields not only for Rutgers-Camden sports teams, but will also meet the needs of our city and county residents,” said County Commissioner Jeff Nash, who serves as a liaison with the Parks Department. “This project will transform the waterfront and be a boon for the children of Camden. The impact of this park will be felt for generations to come in the city and is now one of the premier complexes in the area.
The Board of Commissioners joined with representatives from the Town of Camden and Rutgers-Camden UniversityU.S. Representative Donald Norcross (D-1st Dist.) and Rowan/Rutgers-Camden University Board of Governors to officially open the new venue, which included the construction of a grass baseball field and multi-purpose field, eight-lane track, pole vault and steeple chase, and a clubhouse with changing rooms, bathrooms and training rooms. The facility also includes 26 new parking spaces with bike racks, new sports lighting and is equipped with improved stormwater management.
“This project represents an investment in our neighborhoods and ultimately a tangible investment in the quality of life for all Camden residents,” said Camden Mayor Victor Carstarphen. “It is an exceptional achievement for the city to have a first class sports complex located right here on our waterfront. We are also fortunate to have this asset under the direction of two community conscious partners at the Rutgers-Camden University and County Commissioners. The Camden Athletic Complex is another commitment by my administration and our partners to supporting youth sports and fostering an environment where we expand community health and wellness programs.
In addition to being used by Rutgers-Camden and the public, the facility will also be the location for collaborative health science, research and education programs.
“Camden Athletic Fields is another significant investment in our overall infrastructure, which not only expands access to open playing fields for city residents, but also provides a state-of-the-art facility for Rutgers-Camden sports teams.” , CEO of the Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors and former Camden Mayor Dana Redd said. “The extraordinary investment in these ‘third places’ – where our community gathers – is bringing a positive change to the overall landscape for residents and giving our children equity in facilities with their out-of-town counterparts. “
The project was funded by the Commissioners, the Joint Board and Rutgers-Camden. The $16 million investment will create a variety of sporting assets that did not exist prior to construction.