Cherry Hill is a township in Camden County, New Jersey, in the United States. As of 2010, the township was the state’s 15th most-populous municipality and the second-largest in Camden County (behind Camden, the county seat), after having been the state’s 13th most-populous municipality as of the 2000 Census. Cherry Hill is in the Delaware Valley coastal plain about eight miles (11 km) southeast of Philadelphia. Cherry Hill is considered an edge city of Philadelphia. Cherry Hill was a 19th-century farm on Kaighn Avenue / Route 38, owned by Abraham Browning. The farm property later became the Cherry Hill Inn (now an AMC-Loews movie theater complex), as well as an RCA office campus (now a shopping center), and today’s Cherry Hill Towers and Cherry Hill Estates housing developments.
Cherry Hill has 51 public parks, plus three parks owned by Camden County. Most parks have playground equipment, basketball courts, tennis courts, walking paths, and athletic fields. Croft Farm, which was originally a working mill and farm, is the only park with an arts center. It was originally built in 1753, and is a historic landmark in Cherry Hill. The farmhouse underwent many changes throughout the years, including an expansion in 1816. The property was sold to the township in 1985. It was formed into the Cherry Hill Arts Center in 1995, which serves the community for art classes, seminars, and concerts produced by the Cherry Hill Recreation Department. Woodcrest Country Club and Merchantville Country Club are private country clubs in Cherry Hill. Woodcrest Country Club was sold at a bankruptcy auction in spring 2013, and as of fall of 2013, its future remained unclear.
In 2006, Cherry Hill was named among the ‘Best Places to Live’ in the United States by Money Magazine and was ranked eighth safest place to live in the same survey. Cherry Hill was also named among the ‘Best Places to Live’ in the Philadelphia region for 2006 by Philadelphia magazine (see magazine print edition, October 2006).