Maple Avenue Park

Maple Avenue Park

Maple Avenue Park is located at the intersection of Maple Avenue and Marie Avenue in the Mid Cambridge neighborhood and was completely renovated in 2004.  The play area features the concept of 'oversized building blocks'.  The centerpiece of the new park is a 'Castle' constructed of 'building blocks' surrounding a sand and water play area. Benches and tables, designed to look like building blocks, carry the theme throughout the park. The blocks and tables are all made of a plastic material called Corian, and the corners of the blocks are rounded to reduce the risk of small children being injured. Other play equipment has been placed around this 'Castle', while care has been given to maintain enough open space to allow children to circulate freely throughout the park.


In 2002 the Community Development Department held two open houses for neighbors to discuss the redesign of the park. Construction on the park began in fall 2003, and was completed in spring 2004 prior to the opening celebration.

The centerpiece of the new park is a 'Castle' constructed of 'building blocks' surrounding a sand and water play area. Benches and tables, designed to look like building blocks, carry the theme throughout the park.

Other new features of the park include:

  • a climbing structure for toddlers
  • a small carousel
  • swings for older and younger children
  • a sensor control mechanism for the water sprinkler
  • a shaded seating area for children and adults at the entrance to the park
  • an eight-foot cedar fence at the back of the park to provide more privacy to the adjacent buildings

The park is named in memory of Edward S. Duffett (1947-1967), a neighborhood resident who died while serving in Vietnam.

  • Maple Avenue Park
  • Maple Avenue Park
  • Maple Avenue Park
  • Maple Avenue Park
  • Maple Avenue Park
  • Maple Avenue Park

If you would like additional information please contact Jeff Roberts by phone 617/349-4639 or by email at jroberts@cambridgema.gov