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A Walkable Community in Rural South Jersey

The Borough of Elmer is in the unique position of being a small town surrounded by farmland in rural Salem County.  Although the Borough itself is only one square mile with just over 1,300 residents, it serves as the hub for a population of over 14,000 residents in the ‘Greater Elmer Area’.  Residents in rural areas face the challenge of walking and biking on roads that are geared for cars not people, so Elmer has become a place for senior citizens, parents with strollers, kids on bikes, and others to safely travel on the 9 miles of sidewalks in the town.  We also link to a 6 mile ‘Rails to Trails’ unpaved path called the ‘Elephant Swamp Trail’, which connects our ballpark to another township park through a wonderful off road path for walking, running, biking, and horseback riding.  So while we have the urban trail (sidewalks) and the unpaved nature trail (Elephant Swamp Trail), we do not have an off-road paved walking path, which is the final step in the plan to expand walkability in our small town.  A one mile handicapped accessible hard surface walking path next to the ball park will provide a safe off-road option to ensure that every member of the Greater Elmer Area has access to a safe walking and biking activities in the community.

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Boro of Elmer

The Borough of Elmer is a small town in rural Salem County. Incorporated in 1893, it has historically served as a hub of activity for the surrounding farm community. It has a hospital, churches, banks, restaurants, a library, grocery, drug store, dollar store, gift & flower shops, medical & dental services, salons, gas stations, tax offices, and a lumber yard all packed into one square mile.