Music, Poetry, Bicycles & a Gorgeous Evening…

1 Aug

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We couldn’t have had a lovelier evening at the park last night. Cyclists, pedestrians, MBTA users, among others, savored the cool river breeze as Dinty Childs and friends—Session American—serenaded us. Cambridge poets shared visions of crowded underground trains and spinning wheels whizzing by trees*; and Susan Israel, her Rising Tides, reminding us of the accumulated effect of carbon emissions.

Iggy’s and Trader Joe’s provided bread, cheese, jams and lemonade for the occasion; and colleagues from the Charles River Conservancy, MBTA, 350MA, Femmes Mechanics, GeoOrbital Wheel, Green Streets Initiative, and the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association shared their work.

Big news announced, too: Thanks to the efforts of Senator Anthony Petruccelli and Rep. Jay Livingstone, the State has allocated another $150k towards the stabilization of the Powder Magazine! More about this soon!

Thanks to Sanofi, Forest City, MIT and the Charles River Conservancy for sponsoring our 2015 summer programs and to Green Streets Initiative for partnering with us on the Walk/Ride Day Celebration!

Remember: Tai Chi this morning (Saturday) at 9:30am! And, this coming week there will be not 1 but 2 outstanding children’s theater productions at the park. Click on Events for details. Note: The Yellow Bird Chase— Thursday at 11am—was just added to the program! Don’t miss it!

*These poems will be posted to gogreenstreets.org this coming week!

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There’s a Cool Breeze Along the River….

31 Jul

Come cool off along the river today, Friday night, 5-7:30pm, for our Walk/Ride Day Celebration. Magazine Beach is the place to be. Bring your swimsuit and a picnic and listen to Dinty Child (just back from touring Europe with Session Americana) and friends; hear Cambridge poets recite their commuter-inspired poetry; watch videos of green commuting; experience Susan Israel’s Rising Tides; and meet folks from various sustainable living and nature-related organizations: the Charles River Conservancy, MBTA, the City of Cambridge, Green Streets Initiative and the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association—the event’s co-sponsors. For more information, click on Events.

Cambridge Youth Share Ideas for the Park

Thursday afternoon six Mayor’s Program students focusing on “Our Riverside” at the Cambridge Community Center studied the site and then made suggestions for it:

*More benches and picnic tables, in shade!
*Picnic tables should be closer together or there should be groups of tables together.
*Mobile picnic tables and chairs?
*Add public bathrooms, not port-o-potties!
*Put a plaque on the building telling about its history.
*Play area should be closer to pool for parent supervision.
*Pool should have a place to put stuff.
*Fix the soccer field.
*Evening performances.
*Closer water fountains.
*Add trashcans.
*Invite community centers to use the park.
*Don’t make the park overcrowded.
*Invite taco and ice cream trucks to come! Not healthy food….
*No corporations. Just small businesses in the powder magazine.
*Don’t take away from nature.
*The park is very out of the way. It needs big events to attract people.
*Add Wifi (available in parks in Montreal).
*Create community gardens.
What they liked about the park
*The shade from the trees. More trees and more trees to climb!
*Lots of wind.
What they didn’t like
* The broken wading pool. It’s ugly and takes away from nature.

Also, thanks to Team Green Sense for doing a cleanup of the park last Tuesday. With the help of the Mayor’s Program kids, Magazine Beach is and will be will only getting nicer!

Dinty Child & Friends at Walk/Ride Day Friday, July 31!

28 Jul

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Walk/Ride Day Celebration, Friday, July 31, 5-7:30pm (Rain date: Saturday, August 1)

Walk, bicycle or take the 47 bus to Magazine Beach Park Friday, July 31, from 5-7:30pm for an evening of music, poetry, video, art, swimming and fun. Celebrate the end of the week, the end of the month and green commuting by bringing a picnic (and your swim suit for a dip at the pool?) to the park. There is a special raffle and other rewards, too, for those who check-in (log) any commute for July’s Walk/Ride Day!  FREE at Magazine Beach Park, at the foot of Magazine Street and Memorial Drive. For further information, click on Events.

Brought to you by the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association and Green Streets Initiative. Sponsored by Sanofi, Forest City, MIT & the Charles River Conservancy.

In Bloom…

23 Jul

Our First Annual? Sports Day!

19 Jul

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The sky was overcast and the grass was moist, but that didn’t get in the way of fun at Sports Day on Saturday. It was a perfect day for baseball, soccer, learn to row, Knucklebones and our first ever Swimming Olympics. In the latter sport, kids competed in noodle races, kickboard relays, and like rigorous competition.

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Many thanks to our partners and to all the coaches who made this event special: Cambridge Central Little League, Cambridge Youth Soccer, Riverside Boat Club, Knucklebones & DCR. And great thanks to our sponsors: Sanofi, Forest City, MIT, the Charles River Conservancy and Knucklebones. We couldn’t have done it without them! Working together, we’re making Magazine Beach a nicer park…

Moving the Chi

Earlier in the day, we were moving the Chi.  Tai Chi classes every Saturday until Aug. 15 at 9:30am.

Sports for Kids of All Ages this Sat., July 18, 3-6pm

15 Jul

Sports Day & Tai Chi are ON Today at Magazine Beach. See you at the Park! Parents, take note, for Swimming Olympics (5-6pm), you’ve got to be there, at the pool, for your children to participate. ALSO, if you child is 7 or under, you must be IN THE WATER for the kickboard and noodle races WITH THEM. So bring your swimsuits! For more details about Sports Day, click on Events.

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Summer in Full Swing: with Music, Tai Chi, Swimming, Rowing & Stories…

13 Jul
The New England Philharmonic

Sunday, the String Quintet of the N. E. Philharmonic performed Dvorak’s String Quintet, Opus 77

Magazine Beach was in full swing this past weekend with Tai Chi on Saturday, the swimming pool at capacity, Riverside Boat Club’s big regatta–the Cromwell Cup, and a concert by the New England Philharmonic.

The river breeze and shade keeps you cool and what a delight it is to hear the sounds of birds, bugs, and children running and cycling around the park.

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This morning Jamie Pittel brought stories and singing to the park. Nature Detectives (birds!) returns tomorrow. And don’t forget about Sports Day–including Swimming Olympics–this Saturday from 3-6pm!

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I’m a Little Teapot…

Many thanks to Sanofi, Forest City, MIT and the Charles River Conservancy for sponsoring all of this activity!

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