Gloucester Township

Gloucester Township Nearly 70,000 people call Gloucester Township, Camden County home. This 24-square-mile suburban community, located eight miles east of Philadelphia, is easily accessible from the North/South Freeway (Route 42), the Black Horse Pike and numerous county and municipal roads. Gloucester Township offers a full range of municipal services including police and fire protection, youth and health services, and community development activities.

Gloucester Township has qualified as a Sustainable Jersey certified community. This program focuses on three components of sustainability: people, planet and prosperity. Multiple initiatives have been launched in the community recently, including a single stream recycling program and the installation of solar panels on the roof of the Municipal Building. Solar Energy Generation can be tracked in real time at: http://glotwp.com/etc/solar.html.

Gloucester Township has a long history in the state of New Jersey. The present Township was one of the original townships that comprise Old Gloucester County. On June 1, 1695 it became one of the first municipalities to incorporate in New Jersey. In 1884, Gloucester Township became part of the newly-formed County of Camden.

Gloucester Township was recognized previously with the best Community National Night Out in the State of New Jersey and has also been recognized nationally. The township is also recognized by Standard & Poor as having an A+ rating, an increase from the A rating previously given.

Currently, the Township has eight elementary schools, three middle schools and three high schools. Gloucester Township is also home to one of the largest community colleges in the country, Camden County College. The municipality also has many religious sanctuaries in many denominations and religions.

The Gloucester Township Municipal Utilities Authority (GTMUA) operates a state-of-the-art composting facility that recycles leaves and grass into high-quality compost and topsoil that is sold to residents. From March 15 through October 15, the GTMUA collects leaves and grass to create the compost and topsoil. If you are interested in buying compost or topsoil from the GTMUA, call 856-227-5665 or 856-227-8666.

The Gloucester Township Senior Drop In Center, located on Hider Lane, urges local senior citizens to “drop in” for fun, friendship and relaxation. Activities offered throughout the week include card games like poker and bridge, Mah Jongg, exercise classes, and even a visiting barber. The Township also offers a Senior Bus with trips to local supermarkets, shopping centers, restaurants and movie theaters. For more information, visit their website or contact bus driver Jean Gomez at 856-374-3525 or jgomez@glotwp.com.

Gloucester Township also has a Recreation Center for use by residents. Membership for all Township residents is free. Gloucester’s Recreation Department holds summer camps for Pre-K through eighth grade students, in addition to cheerleading, soccer, tennis, theatre, basketball, swim, baseball, hip-hop and SAT camps.

The Gloucester Township pool is located at the end of Roosevelt Drive in the Glen Oaks section of the township. Membership is open to residents beginning Memorial Day weekend. Swim lessons are also available at the pool.

Upcoming Events in Gloucester Township
The Sounds of Summer 2015 Concert Series continues with events on July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3 and August 10 at 7pm at Veterans Park. Bring your lawn chair and listen to live performances on beautiful summer evenings. For more information, call 856-435-5734. The Blackwood Farmers’ Market opened for the season on Saturday, June 27 and will be open each Saturday through September 26 rain or shine from 8:30am-12:30pm at the Library Parking Lot at 15 S. Black Horse Pike. Vendors will have items such as farm fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, honey, jams and preserves, herbs, handmade jewelry and accessories, essential oils and candles, crafted items, and much more. Check out the market’s website for more information: http://blackwoodfarmersmarket.webs.com/.

Movie Nights in Veterans Park will also continue this year with Paddington being shown on July 9, Big Hero 6 on August 8 and Cinderella on September 11. Food and Activities are available starting at 7:30pm and the move starts at dusk.

Save the Dates for these fall events. The Second Annual Citizens Appreciation Ceremony celebrating Gloucester Township Volunteers will be held on Saturday, October 3 at 10am (rain date: October 10). The Gloucester Township Paper Shredding Event will take place on Saturday, October 17 at the Public Works Building on Erial Road from 8am-12pm.

Gloucester Township’s website is glotwp.com.

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