2020 In Review

30 Dec

2020 was a bumpy ride but the shoreline path and Powder Magazine patio and terrace improvements opened and the park is looking spectacular. 

Together, we made Phase II-1 happen. Contributions from the community, the City and DCR made the dream a reality.

While the pandemic kept us from hosting programs, mostly, in 2020, we hope to resume children’s nature classes, story hour and art, music and exercise for everyone in 2021, and that DCR will select a community-oriented tenant for the newly restored Powder Magazine. Interpretative historical markers for the park are also in the works.

Savor these 17 acres of green along the river. They bring refreshment and center us as we slow down to play, picnic, observe the creatures, marvel at the late afternoon’s raking light and admire the colors of the sunset. 

Thank you for your part in making Phase II-1 happen.

To a healthier and happier new year!  And in celebration of green spaces everywhere! How we need them. Magazine Beach Partners

See our annual report here: 2020 MBP Annual Report.

Watch the “Great Conjunction” TONIGHT at Magazine Beach!

21 Dec

Tonight, December 21st, about an hour after sunset (sunset at 4:15pm), come watch Jupiter and Saturn align, their closest encounter in nearly 400 years.  The Powder Magazine terrace, along with the parking lot beside the Riverside Boat Club (closer to Pleasant St., on the western edge of the park), are good viewing locations.

While Jupiter and Saturn’s orbits bring the planets in alignment every 20 years or so, this will be the first time since 1623 that the two gaseous giants pass so close to one another.

For more info, see: https://www.space.com/great-conjunction-jupiter-saturn-christmas-star-2020-nasa-tips and https://www.space.com/great-conjunction-jupiter-saturn-2020-fun-facts. (This info and image, too, are from these sites.)

Today is the solstice—the longest night of the year—so, weather permitting, it should be a great night to watch the heavens. If the clouds don’t clear today, though, we’ll have another few nights to observe the planets in proximity. Of course, while they appear close, they are actually hundreds of millions of miles apart. Happy viewing! And happy, happy holidays!

To see the 2020 annual report for Magazine Beach Partners, click here: 2020 MBP Annual Report.

Winter Walks

18 Dec

DCR has plowed the path along Memorial Drive and the pedestrian bridge, too, at the bottom of Magazine St., so take a walk and come play in our snow–lots of it for snowman making and making angels, too!

Please send me photos of YOUR snowmen, snow forts & snow angels and I’ll post them here later this weekend…. czusy@magazinebeach.org.

To see the 2020 annual report for Magazine Beach Partners, click here: 2020 MBP Annual Report.

Leaves for Play!

24 Nov

Hot off the press! See our 2020 Magazine Beach Partners Annual Report here:

Bring a rake. Make a pile. Jump! The leaves are down.

Little flags are up. Surveyors are marking existing utilities as Eversource considers putting high voltage electric lines from Boston to Cambridge under the park????!!!!! (We’re on the case.)

And, last Wednesday, Meadowscaping for Biodiversity and the Charles River Conservancy were back at the park with Cambridge teens removing litter from the swales, raking leaves and doing tree identifications. (And then they came back to rake the leaves off the pedestrian footbridge!) Pictured above is MS4B’s Jean Devine, leading the way.

So thankful for Magazine Beach and to our many partners, including DCR, the City, the CRC, MS4B, the Riverside Boat Club and YOU. Because of our collective work, the park looks better than ever! Enjoy this urban common along the Charles.

Winter Wonderland

30 Oct

It’s a lovely winter’s day (in October!) at Magazine Beach. Talk a walk…

The I-90 viaduct just across the river. Let’s get rid of it!

But also send a quick email. TODAY is last day to send comments about the rebuilding of the I-90 viaduct, the noisy elevated highway just across the river from the park. Magazine Beach Partners and the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association, and so many others, are all advocating for the at-grade alternative for I-90—NOT rebuilding this eyesore. For more information, see:https://thecharles.org/.   Email: I-90Allston@state.ma.us.

We are so grateful to the Charles River Conservancy for their socially distanced cleanup of the park last Saturday. Among their finds were:

Cigarette butts- 787, Plastic pieces – 673, Food packaging – 402, Bottle caps – 353, Straws/stirrers – 147, Paper (bags, sheet, napkins, etc.) – 458, Foam pieces – 114, Glass pieces – 112. Total number of items removed – 4,278

We share our condolences with the Riverside Boat Club, whose beloved Simmons College rowing coach, Nikolay Kurmakov, died a few weeks ago. Last Saturday, Riverside’s rowers gathered to honor his passing and to christen the Kurmakov Bay in his honor. 

Thank Goodness, the CRC is Watering Our Trees

6 Oct

Thank you, Charles River Conservancy, for watering our young new trees at the park. With the drought, they wouldn’t have survived without you.

And thanks in advance for your Saturday, October 24 Magazine Beach Cleanup from 9-11am. Contact Sasha to sign up for a small group, socially distanced morning in the park at svallieres@thecharles.org.

Be sure to take a stroll at the park. The leaves are just beginning to turn and its is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!

And we just have two more FREE Thursday evening yogas at the park–October 8 & 15. See you at 5:15pm in front of the Powder Magazine. Bring your mask and your matt! To savoring every minute of these last warmish days. Paradise: it’s just down the street.

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!