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.

What a Season Finale! Bread & Puppet Brings 500 to the Park!

1 Sep

Thank you, Bread & Puppet, the Cambridge Arts Council, the Cambridge Community Center, Sanofi and DCR for a splendid last day of August at Magazine Beach. Didn’t make it? Want to relive the event? See Werner Grundl of Videosphere’s video of it right here. And the Boston Globe‘s coverage here and the Cambridge Chronicle‘s coverage here. Photos by Julie O’Neil and Cathie Zusy.

Bread & Puppet Performs at Magazine Beach Sunday, Aug. 31 @ 3pm

29 Aug

B&P will perform at Magazine Beach Park today. See you there!

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Looks like a perfect day for Bread & Puppet Theater’s The Nothing Is Not Ready Circus this Sunday, Aug. 31, at 3pm, at Magazine Beach Park. But just in case, the rain location will be at the Cambridge Community Center at 5 Callender Street.

Description: The Nothing Is Not Ready Circus is for the not yet existing

upriser masses and their kids who need to practice their upriser skills by

teaming up with butterflies, cockroaches and elephants. Lions, horses and

dogs are also employed to invent the correct rhythmical patterns that fight

planetary destruction. The boot flags of the 15th century peasant revolution

lead the way, with a lively brass band for accompaniment. Bread & Puppet’s

“Circus” acts can often be politically puzzling to adults, but accompanying

kids can usually explain them. Sourdough rye bread will be served and cheap

art will be available for donation after the performance.

Presented with assistance from the Cambridge Arts Council, the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association, and the Cambridge Community Center.

Our 2014 summer programs at Magazine Beach Park have been sponsored, too, by Sanofi and the Charles River Conservancy.

Thank you, all, and see you there!

Summer Comes to a Close…

24 Aug

Arneis Quartet performs in the park.

Arneis Quartet performs in the park.

On Friday night the Arneis Quartet performed our first classical concert at the park. Tanglewood East! Thanks to the Arneis Quartet for performing, to Victoria Cheah for producing the event, to Whole Foods and Taco Party for providing refreshment, and to Sanofi and the Charles River Conservancy to making this all possible!

The Powder Magazine gets a new roof!

The Powder Magazine gets a new roof!

In the background was the Powder Magazine—almost with a new roof—and the swimming pool. Today is its last day for the season; it’s open until 7pm tonight.

Last day to swim at Magazine Beach this summer!

Last day to swim at Magazine Beach this summer!

It’s been a fabulous summer at the park. Thanks to the many who have contributed in so many ways.

Our last event for the season: Bread & Puppet perform their “Nothing is Not Ready” Circus on Sunday, Aug. 31, 3-4pm. Rain location: Cambridge Community Center at 5 Callender St. Our event co-sponsors: Cambridge Arts and the Cambridge Community Center. Thank you!

There’s a cool breeze, calling at Magazine Beach. Stop down by the river!



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