A Camden program of summer entertainment expands this year

Camden's annual Connect The Lots summer campaign is set to kick off.

David Madden
May 13, 2018 - 4:00 am
Camden New Jersey

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CAMDEN, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- Camden's annual Connect The Lots summer campaign kicks off later this week and planners say this will be the busiest summer yet. 
    
So what's it all about? 
    
Well, it's mostly meant to bring neighborhoods across Camden together. The Cooper's Ferry Partnership is once again teaming up with the city to put it all together.
    
"It's a community driven initiative to activate Camden's parks and underutilized spaces," Meiskah Mitchell, the Partnership's Vice President for Community Initiatives, told KYW Newsradio. "So that's whether it's a new open space that's been created or a vacant lot or a street that people generally don't use or stay away from."
    
Like where the state prison along the waterfront once stood, just north of the Ben Franklin Bridge. It's now Cooper's Poynt (sic) Waterfront Park and it'll play host to Camden Garden Nights on Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m. 
    
"(It's) a nighttime immersive showcase that really takes a look at light, art and sound that implements lots of activities throughout a site," Mitchell added.
    
It's free to get in and you can take in local bands, art, a car show and fireworks.
    
There's a myriad of events in just about every neighborhood throughout the summer that includes kayaking, a bike race, a walk, neighborhood movies, dancing and more. 
    
Click HERE to check the list for yourself.