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Bellmawr, Brooklawn, Mt. Ephraim, Runnemede Among Recreation Facility Enhancement Grant Recipients

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The Camden County Freeholder has approved the recommendations of the Open Space Preservation Trust Fund Advisory Committee to award $25,000 grants to 35 projects across Camden County.

The 2018 Recreation Facility Enhancement Project Grants, totaling $875,000 this year, are funded through the Camden County Open Space Preservation Trust Fund and are presented to existing publicly owned recreation facilities planning to expand their utilization for recreational purposes.

“These grants are an opportunity to build and enhance our parks and playgrounds throughout the county. We know these passive and active recreational offerings make Camden County a special place to live and improve our overall quality of life,” said Freeholder Jeffery L. Nash, liaison to the Open Space Preservation Trust Fund Advisory Committee. “This year’s applications represented a wide range of projects throughout the county. We appreciate the hard work and planning that went into each request.”

Each year, municipal organizations are invited to submit an application detailing the enhancements planned for their existing recreation facilities for consideration by the advisory committee.

The requests for funding are limited to $25,000 per project, per year. The projects must be completed within a one year period. The Camden County Open Space Preservation Trust Fund was created by the Freeholder Board in 1999 in response to overwhelming voter support of an open space referendum placed on the ballot in November 1998.

$25,000 Grant Recipients

Community Center Hockey Rink

Audubon Park
Audubon Park Playground

Wish Upon a Star Playground

Bellmawr Hockey Complex
Korosynski Dog Park

Pershing Road Recreation Complex

Cherry Hill Township
Richterman Park

Woodcrest Bowling Green Park
National Little League Ball Fields

Leanna Harris Park

Albertson Avenue Playground Phase II

Gibbsboro Bikeway repairs
Gibbsboro Bikeway amenities

Gloucester City
Proprietors Park

Gloucester Township
Cobblestone Park
Wye Oak Park

Haddon Heights
Hoff’s Park
Haddon Heights Soccer Club McCullough Soccer Complex

Haddon Township
Krupinski Park

Centennial Field

Albertson Park

Merchantville Community Center

Mt. Ephraim
Shining Star Park

Madison Park

Pine Hill
Joey Green Park

Girls Softball Fields

Somerdale Youth Basketball League Perry Complex

Quaker Run Nature Trail
Stratford Athletic Organization Parkview Recreational Complex Baseball Fields

Kirkwood Park
Lion’s Lake Park; Ashland Woods Hale Park
Round Hill Road Park

Calabrese Park
Frank Donio Park

Woodlynne Recreational Facility


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REAL Golf Lessons at Camden County Golf Academy

The Camden County Recovery Encouragement Athletic Leagues (REAL) is offering a series of free golf lessons Tuesday nights beginning at 7:00 p.m. through May 9. No experience? No clubs? No problem.

The golf lessons are being given by a certified golf professional and are sponsored by the Camden County Freeholder Board’s Addiction Awareness Task Force. Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli said: “Golf is a great sport to learn to challenge your body and mind while in recovery. We know that no one is immune to the addiction of opiates and we must focus on prevention and treatment.”

Andrew Pierson is the Director of Instruction at the Camden County Golf Academy and teaches the weekly lessons. He spoke being a part of such a helpful initiative: “Golf is a great sport where you get to enjoy the outdoors and enjoy the scenery. It also gets the blood pumping. You get your competitive juices flowing. You get to enjoy the company of others and really get a good test where you try to get better every time you come out.”

During the lesson, Pierson can be seen engaging the golfers by offering pointers and dispensing friendly advice. After cautioning one student about “swinging the club like Happy Gilmore,” Pierson asked: “Remember what I showed you last week?”

Pierson said that Tuesday’s lesson was the second of five sessions. He also said that the turnout has been great and the response has been positive. “We did it last fall and we will do it again this fall. It’s the same crew. They love it here. At least I hope they do. They sure seem like they do. They definitely like to compete against each other. At first, they wanted to hit it long and far, but then they realized you can have a contest a million different ways playing golf. They started hitting different targets and enjoying that.”

He also said he enjoys sharing his passion for the sport with others: “I get to take part in this helpful initiative. It’s rather easy for me because it’s what I do on a daily basis.”

Steve Smarrito, of Glendora, has been in recovery for four years and has been attending the golf lessons. He spoke about being in recovery: “Perceiving what recovery is like, just going into a room and talking about feelings, there is so much more to it.”

He also spoke of the importance of programs like this one to help recovering addicts: “It’s important because of the age group that opiates are affecting. It’s a younger generation and this appeals to them to get involved in a conversation and keeps them busy.” It may also be worth having a look at some different online golf instruction videos and articles to help you outside of your lessons and to get you ready for the next one!

For questions about the REAL lessons, contact Anthony Bianco at 856-216-2133 or email

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