Northeast Sector Project

Lusitania Meadow after restoration.

The City of Cambridge has completed and implemented a natural resource restoration and management plan for the areas of Lusitania Meadow, Neville Place, and the surrounding slopes. The Northeast Sector Project was based on recommendations from the Fresh Pond Reservation Master Plan as well as the preceding Fresh Pond Reservation Natural Resource Inventory and Natural Resource Stewardship Plan. This project was funded jointly by the Community Preservation Act and the City of Cambridge.

Work on the Northeast Sector Project has been completed. Come visit us at Fresh Pond to see the restored areas within the Northeast Sector!

Construction on the Northeast Sector Project was completed in 2007. Come visit us at Fresh Pond to see the restored areas within the Northeast Sector!

The following are the goals achieved by the Northeast Sector Project:

1. Improve the health of Fresh Pond Reservoir by reducing erosion and enhancing natural filtration processes.

2. Reduce invasive plant species and increase native species diversity within the Reservation.

3. Create beautiful, universally accessible space within the Reservation.

4. Produce new, inviting active use areas further from the Reservoir.

Follow this link to learn more: Northeast Sector Goals.

  • Beginning construction at Lusitania.

    Beginning construction at Lusitania.

  • Beginning construction behind Neville Manor.

    Beginning construction behind Neville Manor.

  • Erosion control fabric is placed below Neville Manor.

    Erosion control fabric is placed below Neville Manor.

  • The base is dug behind Neville Manor for the community garden.

    The base is dug behind Neville Manor for the community garden.

  • The bases for the elevated gardens are placed.

    The bases for the elevated gardens are placed.

  • The concrete base for the elevated garden beds during construction.

    The concrete base for the elevated garden beds during construction.

  • Butterfly Meadow after grading.

    Butterfly Meadow after grading.

  • Fill placed for grading.

    Fill placed for grading.

  • Regrading along Concord Ave.

    Regrading along Concord Ave.

  • Paths being graded throughout the Northeast Sector.

    Paths being graded throughout the Northeast Sector.

  • Sand filled over soccor field.

    Sand filled over soccor field.

  • Path constructed throughout community gardens.

    Path constructed throughout community gardens.

  • Elevated garden beds nearing completion.

    Elevated garden beds nearing completion.

  • Stabilized aggregate placed on pathways.

    Stabilized aggregate placed on pathways.

  • Stabilized aggreagate pathway.

    Stabilized aggreagate pathway.

  • Plantings placed along Beech Path.

    Plantings placed along Beech Path.

  • Plantings placed in Lusitania Woods.

    Plantings placed in Lusitania Woods.

  • Drainage channels being constructed in Butterfly Meadow.

    Drainage channels being constructed in Butterfly Meadow.

  • Bikerack and bench placed at the soccor field.

    Bikerack and bench placed at the soccor field.

  • Drainage pipes placed in Lusitania Meadow.

    Drainage pipes placed in Lusitania Meadow.

  • Plantings placed in Maher Park.

    Plantings placed in Maher Park.

  • Water pipes placed in Maher Park.

    Water pipes placed in Maher Park.

  • Filter berm constructed in Lusitania wetland.

    Filter berm constructed in Lusitania wetland.

  • Lusitania drainage during construction.

    Lusitania drainage during construction.

  • Grading Lusitania Meadow.

    Grading Lusitania Meadow.

  • Grading Lusitania Meadow.

    Grading Lusitania Meadow.

  • Soil stabilized at Maher Park.

    Soil stabilized at Maher Park.

  • Wet meadow construction at Lusitania.

    Wet meadow construction at Lusitania.

  • Grading at Lusitania.

    Grading at Lusitania.

  • Paving the Perimeter Road along Lusitania.

    Paving the Perimeter Road along Lusitania.

  • Pathway construction through Lusitania Field.

    Pathway construction through Lusitania Field.

  • Lusitania running path during construction.

    Lusitania running path during construction.

  • Meadow plantings.

    Meadow plantings.

  • Meadow plantings and seeding.

    Meadow plantings and seeding.

  • Irrigation testing at Maher Park.

    Irrigation testing at Maher Park.

  • Spreading sod at Maher Park.

    Spreading sod at Maher Park.

  • Maher Park completed.

    Maher Park completed.

  • Plantings in the wet meadow at Lusitania.

    Plantings in the wet meadow at Lusitania.

  • Planting the wet meadow at Lusitania.

    Planting the wet meadow at Lusitania.

  • Butterfly Meadow completed.

    Butterfly Meadow completed.

  • Lusitania wetland completed.

    Lusitania wetland completed.

  • Flowers in Butterfly Meadow.

    Flowers in Butterfly Meadow.

  • Butterfly Meadow

    Butterfly Meadow

  • Lusitania Meadow

    Lusitania Meadow

  • Maher Park Entrance Sign

    Maher Park Entrance Sign

  • Lusitania Meadow after restoration.

    Lusitania Meadow after restoration.

Have questions or comments about the Northeast Sector Project? Email us!