2014 Head of the Charles–the Magazine Beach Perspective

21 Oct

Lots of wins from Riverside Boat Club this past weekend:


Men’s Grandmaster 4+ - Reeves Nelson, John Saxelby, Andy O’Brien, John Yasaitis, Ernest Cook

This crew carved 20 seconds off the record for this event.

Men’s Senior Master Single – Jim McGaffigan

Men’s Master Single – Mike Farry

Men’s Youth 2x – Jordi Cabanas, Aviv Preminger


Women’s Master Single – Alex Bailey


Women’s Club 8+ – Eliza van Lennep, Beatrice Sims, Juliet Hollingsworth, Andrea Pauli, Lisa Russell, Senta Knuth, Justine Seraganian, Angelique Hrycko, Emma Kaufman

Women’s Master Single – Liane Keister

Women’s Lightweight Single - Lauren Ayers

Way to go, Riverside! Thanks to Dick Garver and Amanda Milad for the updates. To relive the event from Magazine Beach, watch this video by Werner Grundl of Videosphere. It really captures the excitement of the event and the athletic prowess of the competitors–many from our own Riverside.

Art at Magazine Beach–this week. Check it out!

5 Oct

Today, artists and designers participating in the 2014 CommonBoston/CommonBuild, debuted artwork they designed and built in 72 hours at Magazine Beach Park. The installations reflect this year’s theme: The Places Inbetween and the rich history of the site.

Vote for your favorite artwork by Thursday at 9pm at: http://courbanize.com/common-build-2014/. Be sure to stop by the park to see the artwork firsthand. This is the first event of Common Boston’s Fallfest, Oct. 9-12.

Many thanks to CommonBoston/CommonBuild for bringing this event to our neighborhood, to the artists who participated, and to DCR, the Cambridge Arts Council, the CNA, the BSA and others, for helping to make this happen!

For a video about this competition, watch this video featuring the Charles River Conservancy’s Renata von Tscharner and Cambridgeport neighbor, public artist Ross Miller.

Magazine Beach is Location for a 72-Hour Design/Build NOW!

2 Oct

It’s not too late to join in! See link to register below. Look for art installations in the park starting on Sunday at noon.

Thursday night Common Boston/Common Build revealed the location of their 6th annual design/build competition: Magazine Beach Park! This year’s theme is “The Places In Between.” Teams are invited to explore the intersection of two vibrant communities, Allston-Brighton and Kendall/MIT, to uncover what such places mean to the community, both individually and collectively.

Teams + Participants:  Register here individually or as a group ASAP; buy one “ticket” per head. You’ll receive an email requesting your team name and team members. Download the form below. Note that this competition is open to all regardless of background, and teams can be of any size. We also encourage “free agents” to sign up and join a team at the kick-off event. Questions? Go to info@commonboston.org.

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Key Dates:

·        Kick-off: Thursday, October 2nd – The 72-hour Common Build count-down will begin! (You can still join!)

·        Tools Down: Sunday, October 5th at noon

·        Tour with Judges: Sunday, October 5th from 1–4pm, Spectators welcome! RSVP separately.

·        Public display onsite: Sunday October 5th through Sunday October 12th

·        Awards Ceremony: Friday, October 10th at the BSA, 6pm-8pm, Spectators welcome! RSVP separately.

·        De-Installation: Sunday, October 12th, 11am-4pm

Forms: Download and print Team Registration, FAQ and Waiver here!! Click Here to sign up via EventBright

View this project on coUrbanize, where you can follow CBCB14 from start to finish, comment in the community forum, and even vote for favorite projects too. Hope to see you there!

PRIZES:  Over $1000 will be awarded to teams selected by our jurors and by the public via an online vote.

City Council Approves CPA Comm. Recommendations! Our Park Will Have an Updated Landscape Plan!

16 Sep

The City Council approved the CPA Committee’s recommendations to allocate $56.5k to Magazine Beach landscape plans last night. So we’ve got a match for the DCR dollars and we’ll have an updated and completed landscape plan for the park by 2015. Thanks to all of you for your support for this project. It’s happening! We are on our way to a much nicer Magazine Beach Park! Imagine yourself there, by the river…

Also: Check out the new roof for the Powder Magazine–completed this week.

Riverside Rowers Place at World Rowing Championships

14 Sep
At 2014 World Championships: a lightweight men's quadruple sculls that trained at Riverside

At the World Championships: the USA’s lightweight men’s quadruple sculls that trained at Riverside

Just a few weeks ago at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam, six Riverside Boat Club athletes competed on the US National Rowing Team. The lightweight men’s and women’s quads both finished first in the B-final, coming in 7th place overall. The women’s eight won the gold medal—their ninth consecutive world title!

The lightweight men’s quadruple sculls trained at Riverside all summer under the guidance of coach Margot Shumway. The crew consisted of: Andrew Neils, Peter Schmidt, Jake Georgeson and Kyle Lafferty. Riverside’s Hillary Saeger competed in the lightweight women’s quadruple sculls, and Lauren Schmetterling in the women’s eight. (Both Hillary and Lauren trained with their respective crews in Philadelphia and Princeton.)

Riverside is honored to play a part in the lives of each of these athletes, and so proud of their performances at the World Championships.

–Amanda Milad, Riverside Boat Club

CPA Committee Allocates $56.5k to Match DCR Dollars for Park Design!

11 Sep

On Monday night, the Cambridge Community Preservation Act Committee voted to allocate $56.5k to complete the landscape design for Magazine Beach Park. The City Council will vote to approve (or not) CPA Committee recommendations on Monday, Sept. 15 at 5:30pm. May they approve them and, if they do, start thinking about how we could best improve our local riverside park!

How do you want to use and enjoy Magazine Beach?

DCR Grants $56.5k of Matching Funds for Park Landscape Plans

5 Sep

The Magazine Beach Committee of the CNA receives Matching Funds from DCR

The Magazine Beach Committee of the CNA receives Matching Funds from DCR

At yesterday’s ceremony at the State House, DCR presented the Magazine Beach Committee of the CNA with a certificate awarding us $56,500 of matching funds to complete the park’s landscape plan. This will allow us to move forward with other improvements at the park: a new water feature, play structure, picnic tables and benches and a great lawn where there is now sunken pavement.

We’ll know in the next weeks whether Cambridge’s CPA Committee will match this. Please cross your fingers and encourage CPA Committee members and City Councilors to provide support.

DCR’s 2015 Matching Funds Program will fund 21 projects in state parks and other facilities across the Commonwealth. DCR will invest $567,719 in capital investments, matching $427,271 in non-state partner contributions.

Thank you once again, DCR! Working together, we’re creating a nicer park.


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