Survey Results For Pros and Cons of Backyard Chickens and Air Bnb in Collingswood, NJ

On October 1, 2018 the results from the September 2018 survey regarding comments and opinions surrounding the issues Backyard Chickens and AirBnb in Collingswood, NJ were shared with the Commissioners.

We had hosted the survey on this website for 12 days allowing anyone to leave their opinions on these topics and additional points. We had over 200 responses on the survey! (wow)

The result is that the Commissioners, though being nonspecific in their answer, are still a “no” on Backyard Chickens in Collingswood. The consensus seems to be that since there are still residents who do not want for their neighbors to potentially have chickens, the Commissioners cannot approve the proposed pilot program.

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Public Forum Notes From 6/26/2018 Collingswood Emergency Facility Presentation and Firehouse and Police Station Tours

On June 26th, The Borough of Collingswood held tours of our current Police Station Building And Fire House Building. Afterward, there was a Public Forum to have a presentation and opportunity for residents to voice their concerns took place.  Continue reading Public Forum Notes From 6/26/2018 Collingswood Emergency Facility Presentation and Firehouse and Police Station Tours

Wet Park, Dry Town: What’s Going On At Knight Park?

There was been some concern lately as to the “dry” status of Collingswood- as Devil’s Creek Brewery opened their doors last month. Collingswood’s restaurants and businesses have long been BYOB friendly. What does that have to do with Knight Park? And What has been happening with the park recently?

A Little History:

Knight Park is more than 60 acres of public park given to the Trustees of Knight Park in 1893 by the family of Edward C. Knight after his death in 1892. Mr. Knight set forth plans in 1888 to start the development of the park- grading the land to allow drainage, the construction of a road around the park, and even the creation of the two ponds where a cedar swamp once was.

The property includes the caretaker’s house that is used by the grounds superintendent, originally Richard T. Collings. Knight owned a significant amount of property, including the area that is now Knight Park.

Edward C. Knight was a successful Philadelphia businessman. He was born in Gloucester in 1813. He started as a country store clerk, later becoming a successful grocer in Philadelphia. This allowed him to finding much success an importer, distributor, and refiner of molasses and sugar. He was invested in the development of steamboat and rail distribution, helping his refining business to expand. He was also one of the first to import molasses from Cuba.

His political career also had a couple of highlights including a 1856 nomination for Congress by the American Whig and Reform Parties. He was one of the Directors of the Union league ad was a promoter of the Bicentennial Association. He also served as an Elector on the Republican Presidential Ticket.

Because of his Quaker roots and conservative political associations, Mr. Knight was against the consumption of alcohol. The consensus is that the donation of the property to the town by the estate of Edward C. Knight included a condition that alcohol could not be sold or consumed on the property.

Right Now, Even If You Think That The Town Should Be Dry, Knight Park Is Wet

If you have been to the park recently, you may have noticed how wet the fields are.  This has been a well-documented problem for years. As seen in this video from the Courier Post in 2014.

The playground is also in need of more safety substrate so that it is safe for the kids to enjoy again. We have been avoiding Knight Park this season, opting instead for the William G. Rohrer Children’s Playground on N. Park Drive in Pennsauken due to the drainage and safety issues at Knight Park.

The park is owed, governed, and maintained under a private trust. The focus has been on the renovations to the Caretaker’s House, but I think that we need to voice that the park needs to be made usable by our neighbors first.

What do you think? For those who are concerned about the state of Knight Park related to the brewery, where’s the concern for the condition of the fields, road, and playground?

 

 

May Fair 2016 In Collingswood, NJ

Huzzah! It is time for the BIGGEST event of the year. The estimated crowd size last year was 50,000 residents and visitors.

Things to Know:

  • Parking will be limited: take a walk if at all possible. Be prepared to pay for parking if you do drive.
  • The Farmers’ Market will be relocated for the day (to help as much as possible with the parking situation)
  • Haddon Avenue will be closed, starting at 6 am

See the map below for more helpful information:

Music- Here’s the band schedule from the Borough’s Website:

Stage #1 – Haddon and Crestmont (Car Zone)
10-10:45am – The Hackbeats (ska and rock)
11-11:40am – The Hackbeats (ska and rock)
12-12:45pm –  Monko (rock)
1-1:40pm     – Monko (rock)
2-2:45pm     – Needlefish (mix-rock/R&B/ska)
3-3:45pm     – Holden and Hess (teen rock)

Stage #2 – Powell Lane (Lumberyard)
10-10:45am – She Hates Me (duo-40s, 50s, 60s)
11-11:40am –  Eve Thomas Trio (jazz)
12-12:45pm – Eve Thomas Trio (jazz)
1-1:40pm     –  Hotsy Totsy (retro inde pop)
2-2:45pm     –  Stolen Moments (fusion/jazz)
3-3:45pm     –  Pearl Street (jazz band)
4-4:45pm     –  Pearl Street (jazz band)

Stage #3 – Haddon and Collings
10-10:45am – Blues Hawks (blues)
11-11:40am – Blues Hawks (blues)
12-12:45pm – Juicy (top 40)
1-1:40pm     – Juicy (top 40)
2-2:45pm     – Bill Walton Band (R&B/rock)
3-3:40pm     – Bill Walton Band (R&B/rock)
4-5pm          – John Torres Band (original rock)

Stage #4 – Haddon and Frazer
10-10:45am  – Hotsy Totsy (retro inde pop)
11-11:45am  – GG and Me (father/daughter acoustic)
12-12:40pm  – Trio Nova (jazz)
1-1:45pm     – Suitcase Murphy (mix-dance/rock/R&B)
2-2:40pm     – Suitcase Murphy (mix-dance/rock/R&B)
3-3:40pm     – Coyote Jack (original rock and blues)
4-5pm          – Coyote Jack (original rock and blues)

Stage #5 – Haddon and Stiles
10-10:45am  –  Barometer (rock)
11-11:40am  –  Barometer (rock)
12-12:40pm  –  Alexis Moldanado (solo acoustic)
1-1:40pm      –  GG and Me (father/daughter acoustic)
2-2:40pm      –  Hotsy Totsy (retro inde pop)
3-3:40pm      –  Mary Hates the Relics (90s band)
4-5pm           –  Mary Hates the Relics (90s band)

Art

May Fair was started in 1979 as a small “clothesline” art exhibit. Look how we’ve grown!

This year over 200 artists and crafters will be selling and displaying their wares. Support your local artists!

Don’t miss the rides, food, and other vendors that help may Mair Fair extra special. Stop into your favorite shop on the ‘Ave. to check out any May Fair specials. Restaurants are also running specials.

Other Attractions

Farmer’s Market

The Farmer’s Market has been moved to Irvin Ave for the day- to make room for all of the vehicles from out-of-towners.

Car Show

Antique and classic cars and motorcycles will be on display. Which is your favorite?

Updated: Cooper House Restaurant Opening in June 2016

Previously The Lobster Trap Restaurant in Cooper River Park off of North Park Drive in Pennsauken, Cooper House Restaurant is priming the community for the grand opening of the restaurant in May 2016.

A lot of excitement has surrounded the project. Figuratively and literally, it’s right next to the playground. So you know, excitement. Locals have been stopping in to see if the restaurant has opened yet only to be told just a bit longer.

Design Inspired By Nature

The building looks fantastic. Modern, with a clean wood facade and simple name. The goal of restauranteur Kevin Meeker is to bring a casual gastro-pub eatery back to the park.

With beautiful river views and easy access to both 130, 38, and 70 the restaurant is still finalizing the details of menu offerings. It is expected to include soups, salads, appetizers, small plates, burgers, sandwiches, and desserts.

Not Another Busy Sports Bar

The goal is not to have another sports bar. So forget the more common sight of large screens showing a game and cramped dining areas.

I am looking forward to the announcement of this new family-friendly eatery opening so close to home. Seriously, a walk or bike ride away. (Which is something worth considering due to the limited parking lot offerings).

GRAND OPENING JUNE 5TH

VISIT THE WEBSITE HERE

 

Overnight Parking… Continued

The Collingswood Police department has begun ticketing vehicles parked on the street between the hours of 2 am and 6 am. I am hoping to get feedback from neighbors about the parking rules and how they are affecting you.

We were not able to get a new parking permit because my spouse did not have a copy of my vehicle registration (it is parked off-street) so his application was incomplete.

The borough’s website says that completed applications along with copies of the vehicle registrations may be emailed to police@collingswood.com. In speaking with other residents both online and in person, I have seen that many are questioning where the signs are actually posted showing this restriction.

So I’ve started a map, feel free to add to the map or email me, with a picture of the sign and description of where it is located so that it can be added to the map.

Collingswood, NJ Overnight Parking Restriction Signs Map