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Great News: Another $150k for Magazine Beach!

21 Sep
The City’s latest gift will help to fund the transformation of this derelict parking lot into a useable grassy beach.

UPDATE: FREE Yoga at the park this Thursday will be at 5:15pm (NOT 6pm). We’d forgotten how early it gets dark in the fall. We’re learning….

Last Monday the City Council voted to support Community Preservation Act (CPA) appropriation recommendations, including $150k towards the next phase of work for Magazine Beach Park—removing the sunken parking lot between the pool and the river.

Magazine Beach Partners is thrilled about this and that the City of Cambridge will plant some trees at the park (as per DCR’s instructions and Crosby Schlessinger Smallridge’s landscape plan) in late October or early November. Go, Cambridge!

FREE Yoga Thursday Nights, Starting NEXT Thursday…

2 Sep

Note: New Time: 5:15-6:15pm! We’re learning… It’s getting darker earlier.

FREE THURSDAY EVENING YOGA with Carol Faulkner–Thursdays, Sept. 10-Oct. 15, 5:15-6:15pm–NEW TIME!!!!! Bring your own yoga matt! Participants must wear masks and stand a minimum of 6 feet apart. Maximum: 50 participants. If raining, cancelled.

The Pool Closes THIS Sunday, August 23

19 Aug


Thanks to DCR’s Veterans Memorial Swimming Pool Manager Justin Bryon and his lifeguards for a wonderful summer at Magazine Beach. Pool staff need to get back to school, so the pool and its bathhouse (and bathrooms!) will close. But swim while you can. Until Sunday at 6:45pm, the pool will be open from 11:15am-6:45pm daily.

The spraydeck will stay open through Sunday, Sept. 27.

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Magazine Beach remains a fabulous place to picnic, stroll, walk your dog, read a book or just hang out with friends. So come on down. If you’re picnicking, remember to bring trash bags. It’s a carry in and carry out park. And to be safe and stay healthy, wear masks and socially distance!

See articles about the opening up of the shoreline path and the Powder Magazine patio and terraces here and here! The park is looking so good. Check it out!

Youth & Wildflowers

17 Jul

IMG_1704On Wednesday, Jean Devine of Meadowscaping for Biodiversity brought students in her Youth Environmental Entrepreneurship Program to Magazine Beach to check out the plants—wanted (wildflowers) and unwanted (invasives that take over).

Many plants are in bloom! Take a walk and discover the wildflowers, among them: bee balm, black-eyed susan, chicory, daisies, Joe Pye Weed & swamp milkweed.

And last Tuesday, more youth came to the park via Waypoint Adventure, who provide outdoor experiences for youth and adults with special needs.

Kudos to both groups, providing quality, safe programs, despite the pandemic!



The fence is down!

2 Jul


At long last, DCR has removed the fence today. Enjoy the shoreline path and Powder Magazine patio and terraces. They look spectacular. But please tread lightly on the new grass.

You’ll see that some new plants are fenced off from the geese who ate many of the initial batch of plantings.

July 4th picnickers, bring trash bags. DCR has provided a dumpster, but not trashcans. The pool and spray deck will be open. If crowds come, there will be regulated pool access to keep bathers safe.

Have fun and enjoy this green oasis in the City. Stay cool and be well.




The Pool is OPEN!!!!!!!

27 Jun


Update: The pool is still mostly empty and the spray deck is getting light use, so come down to Magazine Beach to get wet. The park will be open for July 4th. DCR has installed a big trash dumpster, just for the weekend, so enjoy. Please wear masks, socially distance and have fun! The fence along the shoreline is still up, but coming down soon, I’m told…

Yes, the pool is open and mostly empty, so head down to the park. It will be open daily, 11:15am-6:45pm, through August IF covid-19 allows and bathers are safe. Please bring your masks to wear in the bathhouse. If the pool becomes crowded, there will be controlled access. No swimming lessons this year.

Thanks to longtime pool director Justin Byron, asst. director Julian, and all of their staff! And thanks to all those folks at DCR who made this happen from behind the scenes…..


Julian and Justin, left to right, pool managers


Charles River Floating Wetland Launches at Magazine Beach

22 Jun

Update: Sounds like the pool will open this weekend and will be open daily, 11:15am-6:45pm, all summer–if we can keep the virus under control and bathers safe. Expect limited and controlled access. More about this soon. The spray deck is open!


Today and tomorrow the Charles River Conservancy will assemble and launch a floating wetland from behind the swimming pool. Look for the assembly of the 20-piece wetland substructure, and 15 types of vegetation, including grasses, milkweed and other flowering plants.

On Tuesday they hope to tow the wetland to its final location—near the Broad Canal, just east of the Longfellow Bridge.

This two-year study project, to see how a wetland can inhibit cyanobacteria blooms in the river, was inspired by the CRC’s Charles River Swimming Initiative. While the river is swimmable much of the time now, occasional cyanobacteria algae blooms make swimming unsafe. In theory, the roots of the floating wetland will provide habitat for zooplankton which will eat the cyanobacteria. Northeastern Civil and Environmental Engineering Phd student Max Rome will monitor the project.

If you’re at the park, please observe from a distance. Look for the wetland down river later in the week.


Update: The exercise area has been reopened! DCR just did a mow and the park is almost ready for summer. 


The Spray Deck is OPEN

16 Jun

IMG_6814News flash: The spray deck is open! And now it sounds like the pool will open this weekend, though in a controlled way to keep bathers safe. More on this soon. We’re still waiting for word from DCR re when the fence will come down. Thankfully, the new grass is growing…

IMG_1417Many are enjoying this spectacular week at the park, gathering in small groups to relax and be together in nature. Remember, if you’re picnicking at the park, to bring a bag for trash. It’s carry in and carry out. Also, no port-o-potties or lawn chairs at the park this summer, due to the virus. So plan ahead…

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Magazine Beach Updates—Just Heard from DCR…

29 May

It sounds like:
*DCR awaits the Governor to make a decision about pool and spraydeck openings statewide—but it seems unlikely.
*The fence will be up for a few more weeks to allow the new grass to grow. Next week DCR may reseed and water.
*Contractors R. Bates & Sons will replant many of the shoreline plants this fall and the old willow trunk will eventually be removed.

Magazine Beach Partners won’t organize programs for the park this summer. As per the Governor, gatherings there should be keep to 10 people or less.  But we encourage you to come to the park where there’s a cool river breeze, old shade trees, wide open spaces and, the river, of course. And don’t forget the boat launch. This is a great time to take your canoe or kayak out on the river.

There are no trash cans east of the playing fields, so be sure to carry in and carry out. More as we hear more from DCR.

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Quiet & Fun Along the River

26 May

IMG_1220Memorial Day was quiet at the park–only small groups. Folks respectfully social distanced. Geese and lots of goslings gathered, too–the little ones are getting bigger each day.

But today there were fort builders, kayakers, picnickers, and other just drawn to twilight on the river. It’s going to be hot this week and the park, with its cool breeze, is a great place to retreat. Take a walk to the river…

Also, step by the water’s edge to watch the herring run–so many fish swimming upriver to spawn! It’s happening NOW.