2018 Summer Programs!!!!!

7 Jun

For a higher resolution version of the event list, click here. Note: The spray deck opens TOMORROW, Friday, June 8 at 3:30pm (see below) and the swimming pool, Saturday, June 23.

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Ribbon Cutting & Toddlers’ Dance Party @ NEW Splash Deck at Magazine Beach Park–TOMORROW, Friday, June 8, 3:30pm. FREE.  

Leo Roy, Commissioner of the Department of Recreation and Conservation, will officially open the NEW splash deck beside the swimming pool. Cambridgeport’s own DJ Professor TEA (a.k.a. Tom Malone) will host a Toddler’s Dance Party at the site afterwards to celebrate the occasion, so bring your little one and be ready to dance!

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Have a Seat…

23 May


Look at what’s new at the park… Bring your book and settle in for a read.

Things are happening: The renovation of the Powder Magazine is almost complete and DCR is hard at work landscaping the area where the broken wading pool once was. AND BIG NEWS! Monday night the City Council approved the City Manager’s request for $44k for the boat launch. This was the last chunk of funding needed to proceed with this project. Look for construction on the east end of the park come June and a canoe and kayak launch and outlook there later this summer.

And the swimming pool opens Saturday, June 23 at 11:15am. The new spray deck will open Friday, June 8 at 3:30pm, followed by a Toddler’s Dance Party featuring Cambridgeport’s own DJ Professor TEA (a.k.a. Tom Malone). More on that and our amazing lineup of summer programs in the next weeks. See you at the park!

Swimming @ DCR Pool: June 23 -August 23, 11:15am-6:45pm

Splashing @ Spray Deck: June 8-Sept. 3, 9:30am-7pm






Thank You, Volunteers!

21 May

Thank you, Novartis, BU Academy and Salesforce, for your recent cleanups at Magazine Beach. May 10, over 100 Novartis employees painted park benches, picnic tables and fences, removed invasives plants, and picked up trash. May 16 BU Academy got dirty digging up those pesky phragmite rhizomes. And today, Salesforce are on site in the eastern swale once more.

We’re grateful to the Charles River Conservancy and Charles River Watershed Association for organizing these events. DCR counts on volunteers to help maintain the park. Thanks also to neighbors who have been watering the willow and to the Nature Heroes, who will be watering the new wildflower meadow weekly.


Look closely. To the left, a heron stands in the wetlands just to the east of the boat launch.


The Story of the Lost Gosling

18 May

IMG_0117Below is the story of the Lost Gosling, written and photographed by Paul Kelley, leader of Nature Heroes, a Habitat (Mass Audubon) program for Morse afterschool students at Magazine Beach. Thank you, Paul, and thank you heroes Lucy Weltner and Bill Nauman!

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Water the New Willow!

8 May

We need your help to water the new willow. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Take the bucket beside the willow and walk down to the river. Fill the bucket.
  2. Water the willow.
  3. Leave the bucket upside down on one of the stakes beside the young tree for the next waterer. THANK YOU!

A slide show of other wonders at the park:

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A New Willow, A New Wildflower Meadow…

4 May

Turner Construction planted the new willow, among MANY park projects.

Among the many things that 145 volunteers from Turner Construction did at the park today was to plant a new weeping willow—along the river, near the old one—that one day, will be 50’ tall! They also raked away leaves and the countless broken twigs at the park, cut down the invasive ailanthus trees in the western swale and cleared out the dead vegetation and helped to plant a new wildflower meadow. And they gave us 2 new picnic tables. THANK YOU!

Take a walk at the park. It looks amazing. Also, please help water the new willow. By early next week there will be a bucket beside it that you can fill with river water. Willows need water!


Students from City on a Hill helped plant the wildflowers, working with the CRC and M4BD.

Also today, students from the City on the Hill School in Dorchester, along with the Charles River Conservancy (CRC) and Meadowmaking for Biodiversity M4BD), planted a wildflower garden beside the eastern swale.

Barbara Passero and Jean Devine have lovingly cultivated these plants and are now spreading them to several sites. We are lucky enough to be one of them. Barbara and Jean will be leading a Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program focusing on environmental entrepreneurship. They will be using Magazine Beach to help strengthen students’ understanding of ecosystems in the city. For more about their work, see: www.meadowmaking.org.


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Many thanks are also due to the CRWA for coming to straighten out the tarp on the swales today, to the City of Cambridge for loaning us rakes and shovels, and to Mahoney’s, who gave us a break on the willow.


It’s Spring! It’s Summer?

2 May


Catch the cherry blossoms at the park this week. This first hot summer-like night, the park was filled with users: playing baseball, picnicking, drumming and relaxing. The river breeze refreshes. What a great place to cool off!


Earth Day Cleanup & Kids, Bugs, Art

30 Apr

IMG_1365 (1)Saturday was spectacular and 80 volunteers, including Troop 56, Forward Financing, the BU Forensics Group, the Boston Kiwanis Club and Cambridgeport neighbors were there picking up sticks and trash and preparing a flowerbed for a wildflower meadow. Thanks to all volunteers and to the CRWA, CRC and DCR for organizing this annual event.

IMG_1037And then the Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project brought Kids, Bugs, Art to the park, where children delighted in making bumble bee puppets, engaging in a nature scavenger hunt and talking with naturalists about the wonders of the park.

It just happened to be the most spectacular day we’ve had this spring and many were out savoring the day. May this be the first of so many more!



Riverside Has a New Slab

23 Apr

IMG_0285After years of having a cracked and sinking slab/foundation for their scull (boat) storage, the Riverside Boat Club replaced it this spring. What better way to celebrate the new slab than with a semi-formal SLAB party with good food, good cheer and dancing. The sculls will move back into the boathouse this week. Look for them out on the river.

Other Signs of Spring
Central Cambridge Youth Baseball has kicked off their season with practices at the park and the soccer fields are also in use with soccer and frisbee players.IMG_1299

The Charles River Conservancy organized the first park cleanup of the season on Saturday. Students at Camp Kesem at MIT raked leaves and picked up sticks. Thank you!

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Camp Kesem at MIT did a park cleanup April 22

And the warm sun is drawing out terrace wall sitters as well, passing the time watching the river, the rowers, the geese…IMG_1300

Coming up this Saturday at Magazine Beach:
Charles River Earth Day Cleanup, 9-12 noon (rain or shine).
Kids, Bugs, Art, 1:30-3:30pm (rain date and time: April 29, 4-6pm)
Come join in the fun!

Change is Afoot!

13 Apr

Jean Devine and Barbara Passero of Meadowscaping will give us a wildflower garden in May. Paul Kelley of Mass Audubon and his Nature Heroes will help water it.

A lot is going on at the park today… The founders of Meadowscaping for Biodiversity met with representatives of the City, Mass Audubon and me to discuss how best to bring their wildflower garden to the park in early May. Look for 4-year-old asters, bee balm, blazing stars, blue vervain, coneflowers, coreopsis and more beside the eastern swale come May. The goal is to move them into the swale once we conquer the phragmites. In the meantime, black tarps will remain there, discouraging the hardy phragmites from reappearing.


And DCR is putting in the ADA-accessible path to the Powder Magazine. The bathrooms at the Magazine have been framed out and the place is abuzz with electricians and plumbers. The magazine will be fully renovated by early this summer!

For some, however, there is no time nor change, only contemplation…