At Camden’s Whitman Park, an $8 Million Youth Sports Complex Opens on a Formerly Contaminated Site

By The Philadelphia Inquirer, Frank Kummer, September 15, 2022

The Camden Laboratories site began as a city hospital in the 1920s before ending up as an abandoned wreck, its buildings housing the homeless and patrolled by feral cats, as mercury-tainted grounds became an illegal dump site that school children had to walk by daily.

On Thursday officials held an opening ceremony for a newly renovated, $8 million sports complex where a synthetic turf football field now spans the old tainted site. It’s part of a complete transformation of Whitman Park: Its sports complex has been expanded from six acres to 10 and serves as the core of the park.

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