Ulysses Wiggins Waterfront Park Promenade
Named after Dr. Ulysses Simpson Wiggins, a prominent doctor in Camden in the early 1900s, the Ulysses Wiggins Waterfront Park extends for 1.3 miles from the Ben Franklin Bridge to the Battleship New Jersey in Camden. Following alongside the Delaware River, the route offers spectacular views of Philadelphia and is part of the Camden Greenway.
Originally built by the city of Camden in 1981, the promenade was greatly expanded through the Cooper’s Ferry Partnership (CFP) and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), who worked for twenty years to develop the site at a cost of about $25 million. The project was funded through inter-agency agreements between the federal Urban Parks program, Delaware River Port Authority, Camden County, and the State of New Jersey’s Green Acres program.
The promenade allows for pedestrians and cyclists to travel directly from the Ben Franklin Bridge Pedestrian Walkway. In addition to providing a scenic passage along the Delaware River, visitors can also access sites such as the Adventure Aquarium, Camden Children’s Garden, the Tweeter Center, the Battleship New Jersey, and Campbell’s Riversharks stadium. In warmer months attend a concert at the natural grass amphitheater, take a ferry across to Philadelphia, or view the 4th of July fireworks. Note that while bicycles are allowed, due to frequent events, it may not always be possible to negotiate the promenade by bike.
In 2017 a a 0.4 section of trail on the north side of the Ben Franklin Bridge was opened as part of the Cooper’s Poynt Park Project.
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