Preliminary Plans Presented for Magazine Beach Park


For Immediate Release

Contact: Cathie Zusy, Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association or (617)868-0489


On Wednesday, September 30, at a meeting co-hosted by the Massachusetts’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the City of Cambridge and the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association, local design firm, Crosby Schlessinger Smallridge (CSS), presented their preliminary plans for Phase II Improvements at Magazine Beach Park. The audience of 50 at the Cambridge Citywide Senior Center viewed plans, asked questions, and gave feedback to the project team. (A link to the presentation, and an address to send public comment before October 16, is at

DCR and CSS will work to incorporate public comments into a revised plan which will be presented to the public once again later this winter. At the completion of the project, DCR will have a shovel-ready plan and construction bid documents. Funding for construction has yet to be identified.

This exciting public design project will be completed in early in 2016. Also on track for 2016, DCR will continue with the stabilization of the historic Powder Magazine adding new windows, doors and security lighting.

The Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association, Inc., has been working with DCR since November 2010 to see park improvements. They have partnered with the Riverside Boat Club and Charles River Conservancy on almost 15 cleanups and have produced two full summers of events.

Said Magazine Beach Committee Chair Cathie Zusy, “We are thrilled that at long last, concrete plans are being made for park revitalization. At fifteen-acres, Magazine Beach Park is our Esplanade and a tremendous resource for Cambridge and surrounding communities.”


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