Improvements are coming to Rainbow Meadow Park in Delran

Money from the American Rescue Plan will go towards trails, family areas, and restrooms.

A path through a field leads toward a creek and trees.

Under Burlington County's improvement plan, Rainbow Meadow Park will get 2.5 miles of accessible asphalt trails through the park and 1.25 miles of special woodland and turf trails. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

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The Burlington County Commissioners voted to fund upgrades at Rainbow Meadow Park in Delran. The $5.3 million project will be funded from part of what the county received from the American Rescue Plan.

The first-phase of improvements entail extending public sewer service to the 126-acre property. Other upgrades include public restrooms, accessible trails, and expanded parking.

“When we have spaces for the community to gather, we also need comfort stations,” said County Commissioner Allison Eckel. “We need to provide restrooms in the park, and to do that we need to extend the sewer line.”

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An outdoor port-a-pottie is visible at the edge of a meadow and a parking lot.
Burlington County plans to add a sewer line to Rainbow Meadow Park in order to build a new restroom facility. Other planned improvements include an expanded parking lot. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

The project to provide sewer service to the park will cost $800,000. Delran Township, which is overseeing the project, will be reimbursed by the county for the work.

The extension of sewer service will provide restrooms for park goers and employees for Farmers Against Hungry, which is based at the park.

“The employees of the Farmers Against Hunger program are also made a bit more comfortable by the addition of indoor restrooms,” said Mary Pat Robbie, director of the Burlington County Department of Resource Conservation.

Other improvements planned for the park include expanded parking and a family area that will feature games such as cornhole and table tennis.

A gazebo stands next to a parking lot. In the distance, a meadow and trees are visible.
Rainbow Meadow Park’s rudimentary amenities will be augmented by a family games area with bocce ball courts, cornhole courts, concrete table tennis and foosball tables, chess and checkers tables, a Gaga Court, hammock lounge area, and rain garden. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

The park will get new accessible trails that will be part of the Rancocas Creek Greenway, which opened its first four-mile segment last year. Officials are also planning to add creekside amenities such as fishing docks, a scenic family area, and an accessible kayak launch.

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Robbie said accessibility to Rancocas Creek, which runs along the edge of the park, is important to their overall vision for the property.

“In many of our parks, the main body of the creek is separated by some tidal flats,” she explained. “In [Rainbow Meadow Park] it’s totally different; the creek is right there.”

A tree and shrubs are visible by a creek.
Creekside amenities at Rainbow Meadow Park will include two fishing docks, an accessible kayak launch, three overlook decks and a scenic family area with tables, benches, and hammocks, according to the Burlington County Commissioners. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Rainbow Meadow Park was once the state’s largest peach farm. Burlington County purchased the property in 2001 to preserve the land as open space. It was developed into a county park in 2015.

Originally called Laurel Run Park, it was renamed in 2022 in recognition of the former peach farm, Rainbow Meadow Farm.

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