Wed.: IMPT Public Meeting about Magazine Beach Design

17 Nov

See you at the Morse School (40 Granite St.) tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 6:30-8pm, for the 2nd Public Meeting about the design for the western part of the park—from the playing fields to the Riverside Boat Club.

We need you there to show our support for park improvements and to share your good ideas. Below is the draft plan.CENTRAL PATH LAYOUT

If you missed the meeting, it is now viewable at Share  your comments before Thursday, December 3 at: or write to the DCR Office of Public Outreach, 251 Causeway Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02114.

Also, do you have a business or community idea for the Powder Magazine—the focal point for the park? DCR is seeking Expressions of Interest (RFEI) in the structure. Three-page (max) proposals are due by December 9 @ 3pm. Questions? E-mail:



Navigational Games & Robots

15 Nov


Barb Brandt brought orienteering to Magazine Beach this morning, including members of MIT’s CSAIL (Computer Science Artificial Intelligence Lab) and their robot participant ATRV-JR. Look for ATRV-JR at the park this fall as it “trains” to do the orienteering course on its own.

Navigation Games returns to Magazine Beach Sunday, December 20th. To learn more about this FREE program, go to For other local orienteering events, see: and

2nd Public Meeting about MB Design: Wed., Nov. 18

13 Nov


Wednesday, November 18, DCR will present their second Public Meeting about plans for the upstream part of Magazine Beach Park, from 6:30-8pm, at the Morse School (40 Granite St.). We’ll post the proposed plans here by November 17th. Please attend to show support for this project and because we need your great ideas. Landscape architects, Crosby Schlessinger Smallridge, are working hard to complete plans for the park by the end of December. Our hope is that with shovel-ready plans in hand, DCR will be able to implement at least some park improvements in 2016.

Simultaneously, DCR is seeking a long-term tenant for the 1818 Powder Magazine–the focal point for the park. Finding the right tenant will be critical to reactivating Magazine Beach. Look at prior posts for information about DCR’s Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI), due December 9th!

Thanks to Everyone Who Raked, Painted & Picked Up Trash Saturday!

8 Nov


We had about 40 volunteers at the park at our Cleanup on Saturday. MIT’s Kappa Sigma brought their pledge class and did they rake leaves–over 120 bags of them! That is, with the help of alumni from UMich and UMass, Boston, members of the Riverside Boat Club rowers, and Cambridgeport residents.  Volunteers painted benches and picked up lots of trash as well. Found: a child’s bike. If it’s yours, claim it at the park quick!

Thank you also to all who turned out for the Open House of the Powder Magazine. It was chilly, but interested parties kept coming. If you are interested in leasing the Magazine, contact

Special thanks to the Charles River Conservancy’s Sasha Vallieres, to DCR’s Kevin Allen and Peter Seweryn and to Rep. Jay Livingstone, for all of their contributions!

DCR's Kevin Allen and Peter Seweryn with Rep. Jay Livingstone at the Open House.

DCR’s Kevin Allen and Peter Seweryn with Rep. Jay Livingstone at the Open House.

Take a Walk at the Park. It’s Gorgeous.

6 Nov


A 2008 study by Dr. Richard Mitchell of the University of Glasgow, Scotland suggests that green open spaces have a positive effect on our health. See this 2013 study: Rook PNAS 2013-2 and this 2015 study: srep11610 as well! Yet another reason to take a walk along the river…

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Remember: Magazine Beach Cleanup, tomorrow, Saturday, November 7, 9am-12noon. Meet at the parking crescent at the foot of Magazine Street. The Charles River Conservancy will provide work gloves and tools. The CNA will provide hot brownies!

Also, Powder Magazine Open House, tomorrow, Saturday, November 7, 12noon-2pm. Go inside the Magazine and learn about DCR’s quest to find the right tenant. The longterm lessee will convert the structure to its next use, manage the space, and in so doing, reactivate the park. For more information about DCR’s Historic Curatorship Program, see our October 26th post. Note: DCR will be completing the stabilization of the exterior of the structure next spring. The lessee will be responsible for updates to the interior.

This is a BIG Week for Magazine Beach…

3 Nov


On Thursday night (Nov. 5)Kevin Allen of DCR’s Historic Curatorship Program will talk about DCR’s seeking a tenant for the Magazine at the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Assn. meeting at LBJ apartments (150 Erie St.) at 7pm.  DCR’s Request for Expressions of Interest is out; proposals are due December 9th by 3pm. The tenant will reactivate the park so this is a BIG deal.

DCR will host an Open House of the Magazine this Saturday, Nov. 7th from 12noon-2pm. If you’re interested in attending, please contact

Also this Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9am-12noon, we’ve got a Magazine Beach Cleanup with the Charles River Conservancy and Riverside Boat Club. Register with Sasha Vallieres at, or just come on down. The CRC will provide work gloves and tools. We’ll bring hot brownies.

Also, mark your calendars! Wednesday, Nov. 18, 6:30-8pm @ the Morse School (40 Granite St.), 2nd Public Meeting about the design for the western part of the park. Please attend to show support and to share your ideas. Our goal is to have a final plan by the end of the year with the goal of implementing at least parts of it in 2016!

DCR Solicits Expressions of Interest in Powder Magazine at Magazine Beach Park

26 Oct


Today DCR released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) in the Powder Magazine at the park. This is the first of a two-step process to identify a long-term lessee for this structure who will convert the interior to its next use.

“The Powder Magazine Building is an important part of the history of the Commonwealth, the City of Cambridge, and the Charles River Basin, said DCR Commissioner Carol Sanchez. “By partnering with an outside party, DCR will ensure that the building is preserved and reconnected to the community, for years to come.”

Expressions of Interest are due December 9th. DCR will hold an Open House of the Magazine on Saturday, November 7, 12pm-2pm. If you are interested in attending, please contact:

For more about DCR’s Request, see: DCR Announces Opportunity to Rehabilitate and Reuse the Historic Powder Magazine Building in Cambridge. Click here, for the Magazine Beach Committee’s Curatorship Principles & Recommended Uses for the Powder Magazine. Click here for Cambridge Day‘s story about this.

Riverside Reaps Medals…

21 Oct
Men's Grand Masters 4+, perennial winners at HOCR

Men’s Grand Masters 4+, perennial winners at HOCR. Photographs courtesy of RBC’s Igor Belakovskiy.

NEWS FLASH from Riverside Boat Club rower Amanda Milad!

Riverside won ALL of these medals this weekend:

1st – Men’s Grand Master 4+

1st – Lightweight Women’s 4+

1st – Men’s Masters 2x

Men's Masters 2x, rowed by Pete Morelli (a Cambridgeport neighbor) and Sean Wolf.

Men’s Masters 2x, rowed by Pete Morelli (a Cambridgeport neighbor) and Sean Wolf.

1st – Men’s Masters 1x 

2nd – Men’s Masters 1x

2nd – Women’s Veteran I 1x

2nd – Men’s Senior Master 1x

3rd – Women’s Club 8+ (plus winners of the special club medal)

3rd – Women’s Champ 2x

Men’s Club 8+ also awarded the gold special club medal

The special medals are awarded to the first finishing non-collegiate team in the club event. (The name is a bit misleading since there are college crews who compete in the event.)

With all the wins, the HOC named OUR Riverside the winner of the D’Arcy MacMahon Cup–named for the regatta’s founder–for the most team points. 

The Head of the Charles!

19 Oct

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It was a brisk fall day, but a gorgeous one along the river. Above are photos of Magazine Beach on Sunday, alas, after many of the singles and doubles sculls and their chilled rowers had returned home.

NEWS FLASH! Our own Riverside Boat Club won the D‘Arcy MacMahon Regatta Points Trophy for scoring the most points of any club on the river, including multiple gold medals. Way to go, Riverside! More on this Wednesday…

But the cold wind didn’t keep hardy Cambridgeport resident Hannah Lyons-Gallante from sketching at the park. See her charcoal drawing of the terrace below. Hannah, thanks for sharing this!


Graffiti Gone.

13 Oct

Many thanks to DCR and to North East Soda Blast for removing the graffiti from the Powder Magazine yesterday and preparing the park for the Head of the Charles–THIS coming weekend! The place looks so much better.

The dock is out and folks lingered there Monday–a perfect fall day. Try it out. Having such a dock connecting people to the water is part of the proposed park plan. Remember, public comments are due for the preliminary design by October 16th! Submit them here or write to the DCR Office of Public Outreach, 251 Causeway Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02114. If you missed the presentation Sept. 30th, you can view it on DCR’s website


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