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Eastern Cambridge/Kendall Square Open Space Study

New Open Space in the Vicinity of Kendall Square
Open Space Study Area Map

Planning and Design Competition is Now Online at
Connect Kendall Square!

Over the past several decades, Kendall Square has transformed from a former industrial area into a world renowned center of biotech, high tech research, and innovative companies. As the area continues to evolve, the City has worked to create a vision for future growth through the Kendall Square Central Square (K2C2) Planning Study.

The K2C2 study process reinforced the notion that an integrated, well managed and programmed network of public and private open spaces that serve a variety of users and provide a range of experiences and environments is a key element in creating a sense of place and community in Kendall Square.

Over 5 acres of new and renovated public open space will be created, primarily at four locations, in the vicinity of Kendall Square in Eastern Cambridge.

  1. Rogers Street between Second and Third Streets
  2. Triangle parcel at Land Boulevard and First Street
  3. Galileo Way between Broadway and Binney Street
  4. Point Park at Main Street and Broadway

The City, through the Community Development Department, has begun a public process to explore ways to integrate these new spaces into the existing open space system in Kendall Square and eastern Cambridge and provide a network of well connected, managed and programmed parks and open spaces that serve a variety of users, and provide a range of experiences and environments.

This process will build on the vision and concepts that were established by the Kendall Square Advisory Committee as part of the Kendall Square Central Square (K2C2) Planning Study and will help determine the character and role of both existing and proposed open spaces in the area. Recommendations produced at the completion of this study will guide the design process for each individual open space location.


Competition Launch

The planning and design competition manual, describing the process and schedule, is now online at Connect Kendall Square.

Study Committee Meeting

There will be an Eastern Cambridge Kendall Square Open Space Planning Committee meeting on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 5:30 P.M. at Alexandria Real Estate, 400 Technology Square (off of Main Street), Suite 101.  All committee meetings are open to the public.

Public Meeting

A community meeting was held on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 5:30 P. M. at the Kendall Marriott Hotel and was an opportunity for attendees to share thoughts about open space in the area as well as to learn about the upcoming open space planning competition sponsored by the City of Cambridge.

Study Committee Meeting

The Eastern Cambridge Kendall Square Open Space Planning Committee held a committee meeting on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 at 5:30 P.M. in the first floor Community Room of the Cambridge Police Department, 125 Sixth Street.  All committee meetings are open to the public.

Study Committee Meeting

The Eastern Cambridge Kendall Square Open Space Planning Committee held a committee meeting on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at 5:30 P.M. in the first floor Community Room of the Cambridge Police Department, 125 Sixth Street.  All committee meetings are open to the public.

Study Committee Meeting

The Eastern Cambridge Kendall Square Open Space Planning Committee held a committee meeting on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 5:30 P. M. in the first floor Community Room of the Cambridge Police Department, 125 Sixth Street.  All committee meetings are open to the public. 

Second Open Space Walking Tour

A second Kendall Square open space walking tour was conducted on Monday, October 21, 2013. 

Study Committee Meeting

The Eastern Cambridge Kendall Square Open Space Planning Committee held a committee meeting on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 5:30 P. M. in the first floor Community Room of the Cambridge Police Department, 125 Sixth Street.  All committee meetings are open to the public. 

Study Committee Meeting

The Eastern Cambridge Kendall Square Open Space Planning Committee held a committee meeting on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 5:30 P. M. in the First Floor Community Room of the Cambridge Police Department, 125 Sixth Street. All committee meetings are open to the public.

Open Space Walking Tour

The Eastern Cambridge Kendall Square Open Space Planning Committee conducted a walking tour of open spaces in Kendall Square on Monday, June 24, at 5:30 P. M.   

Study Committee Meeting

The Eastern Cambridge Kendall Square Open Space Planning Committee held a committee meeting on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 5:30 P. M. in the first floor community room at the Cambridge Police Department, 125 Sixth Street.  All committee meetings are open to the public.  The next committee meeting will be scheduled shortly.   

Study Committee

A City Manager appointed Open Space Planning Study Committee for Eastern Cambridge and Kendall Square will work with the larger community, city staff, and consultants to plan for the network of open spaces in the area.

Telephone Survey

A telephone survey was conducted during Summer 2012 to help inform future improvements to open space in Kendall Square and surrounding neighborhoods including the planning and design of the new and renovated open spaces at the four locations listed above. The survey was a randomized telephone survey of residential households within approximately ½ mile from Kendall Square.

Over 5 acres of new and renovated public open space will be created, primarily at four locations, in the vicinity of Kendall Square in Eastern Cambridge. This provides a unique opportunity to plan and implement a comprehensive vision for new public spaces, programming and features for the area. Creative ideas and innovative thinking regarding open space in Kendall Square will help to address challenges and pressures that can accompany the addition of new businesses, employees, and residents.

Eastern Cambridge Kendall Square Open Space Planning Committee Members

  • Alexandra Lee
  • Carole Bellew
  • Charlie Marquardt
  • Christine Dunn
  • Christopher Perkins
  • Conrad Crawford
  • Daniel Norman
  • David Small
  • Lara Gordon
  • Michelle Lower
  • Patrick Magee
  • Rose Billeci
  • Sam Valentine
  • Sujit Sitole
  • Susan Morgan
  • Thayer Donham
  • Victoria Farr

Information about the planning and design competition is now online at Connect Kendall Square.

The Eastern Cambridge Kendall Square open space study is a unique opportunity to plan and implement a vision for the entire open space network in Kendall Square and vicinity.

In order to further promote creativity and innovative ideas during this exciting process, the Community Development Department will be overseeing a planning and design competition to develop a comprehensive open space plan for the area. The competition is intended to help attract a wide range of planning and design firms and to encourage new thinking regarding not only open space design but also the overall public realm, connections, programming, and place making.

The City has recently hired STASTNY: Architect to serve as the competition coordinator for the Eastern Cambridge Kendall Square open space planning and design competition. The principal of the firm, Donald J. Stastny, has over three decades of experience working on complex open space issues, and has managed over 46 national and international design competitions, including the National Mall in Washington D.C. Don and his team will be working very closely with the Eastern Cambridge Kendall Square Open Space (ECKOS) Planning Committee over the next several months and throughout the planning and competition process. The competition process will include the creation of a competition manual; the establishment of a competition jury; outreach to a wide range of local, national and international planning and design firms; and extensive public involvement at every stage. The final result will be a comprehensive open space network plan (or plans) for Kendall Square and Eastern Cambridge that will be used to facilitate the creation of exceptional, visionary open spaces, further promote the innovative character of the area, and help create a sense of place and community. The plan will also help determine the character and role of the new public open spaces in the area, which will be designed as part of separate, subsequent processes.

 

For more information and to be added to a mailing list for the process, please contact Taha Jennings at 617/349-4302 or by email at tjennings@cambridgema.gov.