Borough Council decides on “Palmyra Promenade” as park name

Waterfront Park finally given name after seven-month process.

Some processes in certain towns take longer than others to complete. As for the Borough of Palmyra, it checked off one of its ongoing topics of discussion in July.

On July 17, Mayor Michelle Arnold and Borough Council overwhelmingly decided on “Palmyra Promenade” as the name of the town’s new waterfront park.

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The park, located on Bank Avenue between Morgan and Garfield avenues, will face the Delaware River and house a patio/stage area for concerts and events.

The project was funded by a grant from the Burlington County Freeholders via the Municipal Park Development Program.

“This is a project started earlier this year that has gone on for seven months,” Arnold said. “We received input from community members on the name and later thought up a competition to decide the name itself.”

Palmyra Promenade was one of more than 20 entries submitted by members of the community, and was the name chosen by six council members.

Most of the entries received positive remarks, while others were submitted after the deadline had closed.

“We tried to name the park through one of the schools but that didn’t work out as planned,” Arnold said. “We as a council felt that allowing the community to come up with names gave them the chance to be creative and show their town pride.”

The park adds another location for townspeople to get outside and enjoy themselves. Arnold said she hopes the park will provide several activities for families to enjoy the scenery and become closer to nature.

In the first phase of the project, the park will allow for recreation, and give people the chance to enjoy some time near the Delaware River. The second phase will allow for a gazebo to be built, as well as future concerts and events.

“It would be really neat to see weddings held under the gazebo near the river,” Arnold said. “We hope as this plan continues to grow and attendance also grows, we could hold numerous events by the river each year.”

Beautiful one-of-a-kind and custom-designed fish bike racks have been made for the park as well, while park benches donated by residents will also be installed. The park is slated to open to the public around mid-September, with construction beginning immediately.

“We hope this park will add another area of enjoyment in the town, and the townspeople will come out and support it,” Arnold said.

If you would like to submit any ideas for the Waterfront Park, email marnold@boroughofpalmyra.com or for more information check http://boroughofpalmyra.com/name-that-park-2.

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