Collingswood is getting a parklet!
Wait…what’s a parklet?
A parklet is an extension of public space that enlarges and enhances the streetscape and pedestrian experience. It adds amenities and green space for people using the street in urban areas.
“It’s essentially a mobile patio,” said Mayor Jim Maley. “We hear a lot of feedback about adding more gathering space to our downtown. Collingswood is a semi-urban area and this is a way that cities are adding to their districts.”
Collingswood’s parklet will make its debut during the June Cruise Night event on June 20, in front of Grooveground (647 Haddon Ave) with tables, chairs and greenery for guests to sit and take in the bustling downtown. The parklet will move to a different location about every month. In addition to being an amenity for residents and visitors, studies show that parklets are revenue boosters for businesses.
“It gives people another place to relax and enjoy our events. It’s like bringing a little park to Haddon Ave,” said Commissioner Joan Leonard. “It encourages people to enjoy our downtown longer and adds a new visual element to Collingswood.”
Parklets got their start in San Francisco as a way to offer more park space in urban areas. They can now be found in Philadelphia, New York, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Jose, Dallas, and Vancouver, British Columbia and other metropolises. The idea for Collingswood’s parklet was submitted as part of the Knight Park Art Contest which asked local artists to submit ideas to beautify town after winning funds in a national contest. Resident Jason Miller conceived the plans for a parklet on Haddon Ave and it was built by Miller and the Department of Public Works.Miller, who works in urban planning said, “I had read up on the parklet trend and thought it would be a great for Collingswood. They’re popping up in cities but this seems like a parklet neighborhood. It creates some space that people could share to enjoy our downtown.
Want to know more about parklets? You can read about the debut of parkets in Philadelphia here.
Collingswood Summer Youth Theatre is pleased to announced their nineteenth season's show - THE LITTLE MERMAID. The Little Mermaid leaves her undersea realm for a fifteenth birthday excursion to the surface. She hopes to find the prince of her dreams, whose statue she has found. Accompanied by her friends, they begin their quest. But a jealous Sea-Witch conjures up a storm which sinks the ship carrying the prince. The Little Mermaid dives into the waves to save him, and then is tricked into trading her voice to the Sea-Witch. Can she get the prince to marry her instead of his intended? The Little Mermaid's life depends on it! This show is fun for the entire family!
Performances are July 23, 24 and 25 at 7:30pm and July 25 at 1pm. All performances take place in the blissfully air-conditioned Collingswood Middle School Auditorium, 414 Collings Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108. Tickets are $6 per person and are available at the door.
June 24-27: The camp is designed for first through twelfth graders who are interested in learning the basic skills of basketball or refining advanced skills. Players will be divided into several age groups in order to focus on skill level and allow competition to be fair. All skill levels welcome.
Collingswood Day Camp will use a specific program designed to simultaneously encourage learning and improve play. Players learn the game, develop skills, employ standards of good sportsmanship, and most importantly have fun playing basketball!
Information on registration, coaches and schedule is in the brochure below.
County officials to hold public meeting on Newton Lake cleanup
Freeholder Jeffrey Nash will host a meeting to inform residents of the next steps being taken by Camden County to address the issue of algae growth at the lake. Residents are welcome to attend a meeting on June 10 at 7PM at Oaklyn Borough Hall (500 White Horse Pike - parking and entry in the rear of the building).
The County has contracted with Princeton Hydro to assess the problem of the algae, formulate a plan and begin the project. A representative from Princeton Hydro will be on hand to explain the project and will be available for questions
Collingswood Department of Public Works position open - seasonal
Work Week: Monday – Friday. Hours: As Assigned.
Responsibilities: Under direction of a supervisory official, performs varied types of manual and unskilled laboring work and may drive a truck in connection with laboring work on occasion; does other related duties such as grass cutting, tree work, street repairs and other various duties.
Requirements: A valid driver’s license in the State of New Jersey will be required (CDL preferred). Collingswood residents preferred. Must be 18 years of age or older. Interested parties will be required to complete an Employment Application at the Borough of Collingswood, 678 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108
Collingswood Public Library’s 2013 Free Summer Programs
Explore what’s beneath your feet from burrowing animals to dinosaurs!
All activities are free however registration is required (unless otherwise noted). Programs take place in the Peter P. Childs Meeting Room and last approximately 1 hour.
Please call Carol or Dot at 856-858-0649 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the month of June. Tiny Tots registration begins Friday, July 5.Family Program: Mr. Malcolm Presents Journey to the Center of the Earth Friday, June 21 – 4pm Enjoy Mr. Malcolm’s unique, humorous interactive interpretation! No registration required.
Reading Boards for children 3 years through students entering 5th grade June 21 through August 30
Receive prizes for checking out books or completing tasks. Boards will be distributed at school and will also be available at the Library beginning June 21.
Little Digs Story Time (18‐35 mos)
Fri., July 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2 - 10am
This program is limited to 14 children and includes stories, finger plays, songs, and playtime. Registration for this program will not be taken until July 5. Please call Dot or Carol at 856-858-0649.
Sprouts ‐ 3, 4 & 5 Year Old Story Time
Thurs., July 11, 18, 25, Aug. 1, 8 – 10am
Includes stories, songs, snack, play period and a craft package to complete at home.
Burrowers ‐ Stories & Crafts for Children Entering K, 1st, and 2nd
Wed., July 10, 17, 24, 31 – 4pm
Explore all things underground with stories and crafts!
Questers ‐ For Children Entering 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades
Thurs., July 11 – 4pm: Dig Into the Past Ancient Egypt
Thurs., July 18 – 4pm: Just Dig It ‐ In the Garden
Groundbreaking Reads – For Teens and Adults June 21-August 30
When you return your books, enter raffle tickets for what you have read. Once every ten days a winner will be randomly chosen winning a free book, tote, and Collingswood Cash. No registration required.
Sciencetellers Family Program: The Bugs of Blackwood
Thurs., Aug. 8 – 4pm
Using science experiments to tell a story, this interactive program is fun (and educational) for all. No registration required.
Sponsored by the Board of Trustees, Friends of the Library, and the Municipal Alliance
Borough Hall is closed THURSDAY, JULY 4 and open FRIDAY, JULY 5. Read more about the fireworks and events in Collingswood here.
Proud Neighbors invite you to decorate for America'sbirthday!
It's Independence Day! Proud Neighbors of Collingswood is inviting you to decorate your home, business or neighborhood block red, white and blue as they present their annual FOURTH OF JULY HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST! Register in advance for Proud Neighbors of Collingswood’s contest by e-mailing July4@ProudNeighborsOfCollingswood.org
All Collingswood homes, businesses and town blocks are urged to participate and show off their Stars and Stripes! Decorations are judged on creativity, originality, appropriateness to architecture, best historic home and overall best look. Your name will be publicly credited for your holiday spirit and “Collingswood Cash” is awarded to winners. Official judging will take place on the morning of July 4. Winners will be announced at the Collingswood fireworks show! You must call in advance to register your address for the contest. Judges will only visit homes that provide address, name, phone and e-mail in advance.
Gather up the bunting, start flying the flags, and get ready for the grandest Proud Neighbors of Collingswood HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST Collingswood has seen yet!
Judging begins at 9:30 a.m. on July 4 at only sites that have pre-registered. You must register in advance for Proud Neighbors of Collingswood’s contest by registering with your name, address, phone and e-mail at July4@ProudNeighborsOfCollingswood.org Please call 609-932-8207 with questions.
The 4th of July House Decorating Contest is a project of The Proud Neighbors of Collingswood, a not-for-profit civic organization established in 1983. Proud Neighbors of Collingswood is dedicated to restoration, raising awareness of historic preservation and working with volunteers, neighbors, Business & Government to maintain the historic character of our town.
For information on all the events in Collingswood in Independence Day, see our Fun on the 4th page here.
Kids caught wearing their helmets will be issued a ticket – for a free water ice!
The “Friendly Ticket” program will reward Collingswood children for wearing their helmets while riding their bikes, scooters, rollerblades, etc. this summer with free small water ice coupons redeemable at Cabana Water Ice. Cabana is providing the coupons at no charge in an effort to support the safety campaign.
“Summer is about safety as much as it is about fun,” said Collingswood Police Chief Rich Sarlo. “We can’t stress enough how important helmets are and we’re happy to be involved in anything that encourages kids to wear them. Plus, it’s a great way for neighborhood kids to get to know their police officers.”
Officers have been instructed to be on the lookout for helmeted children and issue as many tickets as possible starting when school lets out on June 21. “Offenders” can just bring their “tickets” to Cabana Water Ice at 552 Haddon Ave and redeem it for a small water ice. The Friendly Ticket program will continue through summer.
“A big thanks to Cabana for their support on this. It’s a true community program and a great way to make sure kids stay safe when the bikes are out all summer long,” said Collingswood Mayor James Maley.
Collingswood FD performing Block Inspections for residents
The Collingswood Fire Department announced this spring that members of the Borough FD will be going door to door to distribute free smoke detectors and offer a free fire safety checkup.
The Block Inspection program is a block-by-block home inspection tour to distribute smoke detectors, offer "pre-incident planning" assistance and offer solutions with safety issues within a residence. It also gives residents the opportunity to get to know their fire department staff.
Proper operation and placement will be checked for smoke detectors, and a home safety courtesy check can be performed as well. A maximum of 2 smoke detectors can be provided and installed if needed. Fire officials are also able to do rough plans of homes, which are helpful in the event of emergency.
Collingswood firefighters performing block inspections will always be wearing uniforms with badges and have an engine or ambulance with them. No personal information is given out as a result of the inspections and no violations given. Officials point out hazards and give advice but the program is not an effort to cite owners.The Fire Department will continue inspections over the next few months. Firemen will visit homes between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m. during the week and during the afternoon on the weekends. You can schedule a free inspection or pick up free smoke detectors by calling the fire prevention line at 856-854-1043.