Early Years of Camden Greenways Inc.
_Camden Greenways, Inc. started operation in 1993 as the Camden Greenways Working Group (CGWG), bringing together three neighborhoods in Camden that shared concerns about open space issues, particularly the status of land along the Delaware and Cooper Rivers. The organization's work evolved into a greenway plan for Camden, which later also included the neighborhoods bordering Newton Creek. With the grassroots organization of the CGWG, the City of Camden created some important policy changes. First, in 1998, the Camden Greenways Masterplan was incorporated into the City's Master Plan. A few years later, Camden City Council incorporated the Greenway plan as part of the City's zoning ordinance, creating two new conservation districts and a Stream and River Corridor Protection and Management Overlay Zone. City Council adopted these zoning amendments on 9/13/01, after dozens of meeting and negotiations with residents and businesses. Just before City Council passed these important zoning changes, CGI incorporated a not-for-profit organization, the group's members decided on a new structure, membership guidelines, and incorporation occurred in March of 2000.