Cambridge Commits Another $150k to Magazine Beach!

21 Sep

Thank you, Cambridge, for another $150k for park improvements—this time, to turn the sunken parking lot between the pool and the river into a useable grassy beach.

Over the past decade the City has inspired the State to invest at the park again and again and that is why we now have a restored Powder Magazine (built in 1818, the oldest building on the Charles River Basin), a canoe/kayak launch, and, most recently, the improved shoreline path and expanded patio and terraces around the Magazine.

We still have more to raise, but this pledge builds on $150k of CPA funds from last year, a $50k State earmark that Rep. Livingstone negotiated, and some community contributions, too. We are hoping that the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) will fix up this area behind the pool—reactivating this area—when they redo the pool and its decks next fall.

We are so lucky to have this 17-acre urban oasis!

CRC BioBlitz at Magazine Beach & Floating Wetland 9.14

8 Sep

Join the Charles River Conservancy and Mass Audubon for BioBlitz next Tuesday, 9.14, 3-5pm, as they survey the park for species using the iNaturalist app. (Rain Date: 9.15) All are welcome to participate.

Register by emailing your name and contact information to Taylor Leonard at by Thursday, September 9th! Registered participants will receive event updates and travel information prior to the Blitz.

MB Pool Closes for the Season at 6:45pm TODAY!

21 Aug

Sorry, all, Hurricane Henri is forcing DCR to close its pools for the season a day early…. Take a dip at the pool TODAY, Saturday, August 21. It will be open until 6:45pm. The spraydeck will remain open through September 6. Stay safe and enjoy the park!

A Place to Gather

17 Aug

Update: Because of Hurricane Henri, the Magazine Beach Park pool will close TODAY, Saturday, August, 21 @ 6:45pm for the season. The spraydeck will be open through September 6.

On Saturday the Perez and Garcia families hosted a reunion at the park—with family from Florida, Maryland, Connecticut, North Carolina and Virginia all gathering there. Magazine Beach has been their go to place for years!

Also, there, was a big birthday party in the grove and dance party on the terrace.

How we need this place to gather.

If you are organizing a larger event at the park, be sure to apply for a DCR permit. That way you can be sure that other events don’t conflict with your own.

While the spraydeck will remain open for a bit, the pool and bathhouse (with bathrooms) close this Sunday, August 22. Update: DCR will keep the port-o-potties at the park until the end of September. Thank you, DCR!

Enjoy these last glorious days of summer.

Sunday Evening at the Park

8 Aug

Magazine Beach is a place to gather, especially on weekends. This evening the Waldon Square Apartments had their biennial reunion, Family Fun Day there. They’ve gathered as brothers and sisters for 20 years, and the past five times at Magazine Beach. I missed the School of Honk’s spontaneous gathering/performance, but there were musicians here and there and so many others enjoying an afternoon at the park.

The pool is open until August 22, 11:15am-6:45pm daily. Take the pedestrian footbridge over Memorial Drive and experience Mathtalk, a math trail art installation for children. How many elephant steps does it take to cross over to the park?

Thanks to Meadowscaping for Biodiversity and the CRC for Removing Invasives

30 Jul

Yesterday Sasha Vallieres of the Charles River Conservancy led teens from the City’s Summer Youth Employment Program in invasive removal at the park. After learning about the creation of the park (once an island surrounded by marshes), the students identified the native and invasive plants there and removed purple nightshade, bindweed and oriental bittersweet from the lawn and swale areas.  And then, they removed black swallow wort—it’s everywhere and must be removed before the seedpods burst open—from the fence along Memorial Drive.  Thank you MS4B and the CRC!

Mathtalk Opens & Mass Audubon Delights

27 Jul
Measure Everything math walk at Magazine Beach overpass near Morse School, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Cambridge, Mass. © Copyright 2021 Veasey Conway, All Rights Reserved

Saturday Mathtalk opened on the pedestrian footbridge (at the foot of Magazine St.) to Magazine Beach Park, courtesy of the Charles River Conservancy and MathTalk. Come check out this playful a math trail art installation that teaches young kids about measurement.

And then on Monday night, Mass Audubon returned with Summer Nights, with live animals: a corn snake, Eastern screech owl and turtle and related art activities for all ages. They’ll be back next Monday at 6pm, with a hawk and more fun. And August 9th, they’ll be taking more kids out on the river kayaking. Click here to register to kayak! It’s FREE.

So enjoy the adventure of crossing the pedestrian footbridge as you enter the park and then our programs, your picnics, the spraydeck, swimming pool, soccer fields, boat launch, the sunset,  and so many bunnies. Magazine Beach is just a math trail art installation away!

Update: Great news! Rep. Jay Livingstone and Sen. Joe Boncore got us another $50k earmark for the park. This will be for Phase II-2 improvements to the park—turning the sunken parking lot into a grassy beach. Thank you Jay and Joe!

You Never Know…

20 Jul

You never know what you’re going to find at the park. Last night I stopped by to see Mass Audubon’s 6-8pm drop-in nature programs, including kayaking on the river, pond study and making boats from natural bits.

On the way, I happened upon the Charles River Conservancy’s Mathtalk installation on the pedestrian footbridge to the park (at the foot of Magazine Street). Come for the Launch Party this Saturday, July 24, 10am-12noon, for refreshments, fun and games for children and families!

And then there were dancers–a band of little girls in flowing dresses and young women practicing a choreographed routine, with band, on the Powder Magazine patio, drummers on the terrace, and even a tight-rope walker.

Take a walk at the park. You never know what you’ll find–and there are bunnies everywhere!

Announcing Summer Nights

8 Jul

Starting Monday, July 12 and continuing Mondays through August 9, 6-8pm, Mass Audubon will host nature-inspired Summer events at the park. Meet under trees in field in front of Powder Magazine.

Connect to nature with Mass Audubon naturalists and drop-in activities featuring live wildlife (owls, hawks and more!), nature exploration, art -making with natural materials and local ice cream.

Offered: teen kayaking along the Charles River July 19 and August 9. You’ll need to preregister for this and sign a waiver. Click on the QR code below or email FREE!

Also, many thanks to Meadowscaping for Biodiversity, students from the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program and Carolyn Shipley for planting petunias in the planters at the spraydeck today and last week. All this rain will make them happy. Please encourage your kids to water the flowers with the bucket left there–just for that!

Plants courtesy of Magazine Beach Partners.

The Pool is OPEN!

26 Jun

Update: YOGA IS CANCELLED FOR TONIGHT, 7.6. We can’t have you out in the thunderstorms! See you next Tuesday.

It’s free and will be open daily through late August, 11:15am-6:45pm.

And the spraydeck is open each day 8am-8pm.

And, remember, Stories & Song led by our amazing librarians at the Central Square branch, starts this Monday, June 28th at 10am. It will continue on Mondays through August 2, except for July 5.

And FREE Yoga with Abbie Cohen on Tuesdays at 6pm starts on Tuesday and will continue through August 9.

For both programs, meet beside the picnic tables in the grove not far from the pedestrian footbridge (at the foot of Magazine Street). Both programs will be cancelled in case of rain….


See rules of the pool below. Re swimming lessons, ask the lifeguards. DCR hopes to offer them, but they need to hire a water safety instructor first. Looking for a summer job? DCR is still recruiting lifeguards.