Elm and Hampshire Plaza

The Community Development Department is planning a comprehensive renovation of the Elm and Hampshire Plaza.  The plaza is located at the corner of Elm Street and Hampshire Street in the Wellington-Harrington neighborhood. The renovated plaza is intended to be more inviting and interesting with whimsical and playful elements and will feature new seating areas, small climbing and spinning structures, a dance chimes feature, lighting, an internal path, and new plantings and landscaping. 


July 2015

Elm and Hampshire Plaza is currently undergoing construction.

Work Completed

Site utilities and drainage, plaza seating wall, group climber carousel, ornamental and regular fencing, dance chimes and clock, sod, plant material, concrete sidewalk and ADA compliant ramps.

Work in Progress and Remaining 

Rubber safety surfacing, concrete plaza joints, table and chairs, lending library, interior finish asphalt, and time to allow site landscaping to become established.

The park is anticipated to open late August 2015 (pending weather conditions).

Fall 2014

Park improvements are underway. Please check the DPW page for updates.

For information related to construction, please contact Tracy Dwyer, tdwyer@cambridgema.gov, at 617/349-4826, or Jane Demoulas, jdemoulas@cambridgema.gov, 617/349-4871.

Community Meeting May 1, 2014

A community meeting regarding the renovations to Elm and Hampshire Plaza was held on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 5:30 P. M.  The meeting was an opportunity to see and discuss a concept plan for improvements to the plaza at the corner of Elm and Hampshire Streets.

Community Meeting, February 11, 2014

A community meeting regarding the renovations to Elm and Hampshire Plaza was held on February 11th, 2014 at 7:00 P. M. Discussion focused on the park renovation process and included an opportunity for the community to share thoughts on how the plaza is currently used and how it would ideally be used in the future. The follow-up meeting will be held May 1, 2014 at 5:30 P. M.

Project Schedule

In fall 2014, crews completed all the demolition and utility work. Over the summer months, the new paths and sidewalks will be reconstructed and crews will install the new play and park equipment. We expect the plaza to reopen in late summer 2015.

What to Expect during Renovations

The park will be closed to all users once crews mobilize. "No Parking" signs will be posted along Elm Street and Hampshire Street; please be sure to check dates and times. Work hours will be 7:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.

The City of Cambridge is undertaking a comprehensive renovation of the Elm and Hampshire Plaza. The plaza is located at the corner of Elm Street and Hampshire Street in the Wellington-Harrington neighborhood. The plaza currently consists of a passive grassy area, and a decorative planter with some surrounding hardscape and seating areas.

The renovated plaza is intended to be more inviting and interesting with whimsical and playful elements and will feature new seating areas, small climbing and spinning structures, a dance chimes feature, lighting, an internal path, and new plantings and landscaping. 

Park improvements throughout the city are also guided by the goals of Healthy Parks and Playgrounds Initiative.

For information, please contact Tracy Dwyer, tdwyer@cambridgema.gov, at 617/349-4826, or Jane Demoulas, jdemoulas@cambridgema.gov, at 617/349-4871.