(Camden, NJ) Last night, Camden Mayor Frank Moran and Cooper’s Ferry Partnership kicked off the first event of the fifth annual Connect the Lots season -- Camden Night Gardens, a free and family-friendly immersive community showcase at Cooper’s Poynt Waterfront Park.
About 4,000 residents and visitors attended the festival, with attractions including live music from local bands, a set from DeeJay Rob, dance performances from Dare 2 Dance and Camden Sophisticated Sisters, art installations, fireworks, and a custom car show. Food was sold from a variety of the region’s best food trucks, and a 300-foot zip line offered rides for $5.
“Camden Night Gardens is a great way to showcase our local artists, entrepreneurs, and car aficionados,” said Camden Mayor Frank Moran. “There’s something here for everyone to enjoy, from families to young professionals – and I’m glad that so many people came out tonight.”
“Camden Night Gardens has become an annual local tradition, and it’s a terrific way to kick off the Connect the Lots season,” said Kris Kolluri, President & CEO of Cooper’s Ferry Partnership. “Last year, over 13,000 people took part in Connect the Lots, activating nine open spaces throughout the city. We’re aiming to engage even more residents and visitors in 2018.”
Four years ago, the original Camden Night Gardens transformed the site of then-recently demolished Riverfront State Penitentiary into an arts and culture “wonderland,” which later inspired the development of present-day Cooper’s Poynt Waterfront Park.
As the sun set this year, Camden Night Gardens once again transformed Cooper’s Poynt Waterfront Park to represent the “Tides of Change” – the site transformation from prison to park, the renewed connection to the river, and the growth underway in all parts of the city.
In addition to jaw-dropping performances, attendees enjoyed temporary light, sound, and projection installations, and themed spectacles including aerial mermaids, bubble contortionists, unique water features, and a professional sand sculptor.
Camden Night Gardens is powered by Connect the Lots, a collaboration between Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, the City of Camden, Get Healthy Camden, and the Camden Promise Zone. Together they sponsor a variety of fun outdoor activities designed to engage residents and activate parks and underutilized spaces in neighborhoods throughout the City of Camden. Connect the Lots creates safe hubs of activity and quality programming for residents to enjoy in public spaces and corridors, aiding in neighborhood transformation. Camden Night Gardens “Tides of Change” was produced by Roberts Event Group.
For more information visit http://www.connectthelotscamden.com