EVENTS

How to Get to the Park: Magazine Beach Park is at the foot of Magazine Street, at 668 Memorial Drive, along the Charles River in Cambridge, MA. It is a 10-15 minute walk from the T at Central Square (red line) or Boston University, Central Station (green line, B). The 47 bus also has stops nearby. There is some parking–beside the BU bridge, at the foot of Magazine Street, and beside the Riverside Boat Club–but these lots are often full. Walking, biking or taking the T to the park are your best options!

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Our 2018 Summer Events will be posted here soon!

*Charles River Earth Day Cleanup–Sat., April 28, 9am-12noon (rain or shine)

Yes, it’s time to sign up for the spring cleanup. Email: svallieres@thecharles.org  by March 11 and tell her your t-shirt size! Sizes: Youth and Adult s, m, l & xl. The Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup brings together over 3,000 volunteers each year to pick up litter, remove invasive species and assist with park maintenance. 

Meet at the parking crescent at Magazine Beach Park for tools and assignments (and t-shirts, too). Co-sponsored by the Charles River Watershed Association and the Charles River Conservancy.

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*Kids, Bugs, Art–Sat., April 28, 1:30-3:30pm (rain date: Sunday, April 29, 4-6pm) 

Explore Nature during the Boston Area City Nature Challenge (April 27–30). Help do an animal “inventory” and make bug puppets. Co-sponsored by Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project, Green Cambridge, Cambridge Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Who can participate in Kids, Bugs, Art?

Families and individuals of all ages can take part in the citizen science activity at all three events and it is well suited to teamwork by intergenerational groups such as families. The citizen science activity utilizes a free app downloadable to a smartphone. We hope to have some citizen science guides on hand who will work with families who do not have smartphones.

Teens as well as adults can volunteer at all events. 

Teens and middle schoolers can help to make giant puppets of butterflies and caterpillar species that live in Cambridge at the Sunday event at Fresh Pond Reservation (at the Maynard Ecology Center). 

Children—Each of the three events provide art activities are well suited for children of approximately age four to 12. Parents must be on site. There is no registration required and the events are free.

The events are part of a global citizen science event called the City Nature Challenge using iNaturalist. A fourth event in the series not open to the public is being held at the Morse Community School.

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*MassDOT’s Presentation to Cambridge about I-90–Thursday, April 13, 2017  6:30-8:30pm, at the Morse School (40 Granite St.). Starting in 2020, MassDOT is slated to begin a 5-7 year, $1 billion+ construction project realigning the Mass Pike–right across from Magazine Beach. This project has the potential to dramatically improve the lives of Allston, Brighton and Cambridge residents. Come hear about the various plans being considered for I-90 and how they will impact Cambridge traffic, access, noise, views and the river environment during and after construction. Meeting organized by the Cambridge I-90 Committee. To see CCTV’s video of the meeting, click here.

*CNA Cambridge Community Meeting about I-90–Thursday, March 30, 7-9pm, at the Central Square Library (45 Pearl St.). Members of the I-90 Task Force, which has met since 2014, will present the major turnpike options (elevated and at grade), river and parkland issues, and other transportation issues, including West Station, the Grand Junction and connectivity. Speakers include representatives of A Better City, the Charles River Conservancy, Walk Boston, Charles River Watershed Association, Charles River Alliance, The People’s Pike, and Livable Streets. Led by Cambridge’s Task Force members Henrietta Davis and Bill Deignan and facilitated by Jack Wofford. For CCTV’s coverage of the event, click here

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*3rd Public Meeting about Phase II Design–Oct. 20, 2016. DCR staff and landscape architects will present their latest plans for the park. Come listen and share your thoughts. At the Morse School (40 Granite St.)  The presentation will be viewable after the meeting on DCR’s website at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/public-meetings 

If you have questions or concerns or wish to be added to an email list to receive DCR project-specific or general announcements, please email mass.parks@state.ma.us or call 617-626-4973. 

2nd Public Meeting About Phase II Landscape Design at Magazine Beach–Nov. 18, 2015

If you missed the meeting, you can see the presentation at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/public-meetings 

DCR Seeks a Tenant for the Magazine. DCR is seeking a tenant for the granite-block building that is the focal point for the park. Have an interest in the property? Contact: HCP.Requests@state.ma.us. Want to see what the community would like the building to become? Click here: Curatorship Principles & Recomm finalUpdate: DCR may be looking for a tenant later this year. Bathrooms and lighting will be added to the interior this year.

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Create Your Own Special Events at Magazine Beach

Magazine Beach is a DCR park. To learn how to organize your own special events at the park, click here. To schedule the playing fields, call 617-349-6238.

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4 Responses to “EVENTS”

  1. Sosa Samura June 27, 2017 at 1:57 pm #

    I am planning on attending the Zumba classes on Magazine beach however, I’m concerned about receiving information for weather cancellations. For example, today is supposed to have rain and thunder storms. I’m ok with dancing in the rain, however I’m not making assumptions for everyone. Please let me know and thank you for your time in advance.

    • Cathie Zusy October 2, 2017 at 10:57 am #

      Sosa,
      Sorry for the late reply. We were noting rain cancellations at magazinebeach.org, under events. Can you think of a better way to communicate this? Lots of rain on Tuesday nights this past summer!

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