Morning Pop-Up in the Park and Project Survey!

Start your day in Rafferty Park and check out the preliminary design concepts for the renovation work. We would love to hear your feedback!

We will be at Rafferty Park:

Monday, July 15

8:00AM to 10:00AM

We will show the two design concepts that were shared at the Community Meeting on June 11th.

We would love to hear how you use the park and how the renovation project can make Rafferty Park a great neighborhood park. Learn about the concepts, share what ideas you like, and ask any questions you might have about the park renovation!

If you can’t make it, don’t worry! You can also share your feedback on these concepts through our online project survey.

Click here to take our survey on the design concepts!

To inform your survey responses, you can check out the concepts through a recording of our presentation from our June 11th meeting. The passcode is: #H0vfe2R


Zoom Discussion and Survey on Design Concepts

Join us on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, from 12pm to 1pm for a Zoom discussion about the design concepts. The design team will facilitate a discussion about the design concepts (similar to the discussion portion of our June 11 community meeting). We look forward to hearing your feedback!

Click here to register for the Zoom meeting!

Please watch the presentation recording ahead of this discussion. Passcode: #H0vfe2R

We also have a new project survey available for you to share your feedback about the design concepts.


Materials from June 11, 2024 Community Meeting

Click here to watch a recording of the presentation given at the June 11 community meeting. The passcode (if needed) is: #H0vfe2R

Click here to view slides presented at the June 11, 2024 community meeting.

Click here to view the conceptual design boards shown at the June 11, 2024 community meeting. We will be using these conceptual design boards for other community engagement following the meeting.


Rafferty Park Renovation Project - Community Meeting #2

Please join us for our next community meeting for the Rafferty Park renovation project!

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Community Room at Finch Cambridge 
(675 Concord Avenue, Cambridge)

At this meeting, the project team will:

  • Summarize feedback we’ve heard so far
  • Present design concepts based on themes and feedback heard during our outreach to date
  • Hold discussions to get your feedback about concepts shown
  • Provide updates on what to expect from the next phases of the project

What are design concepts?

Design concepts are initial ideas based on what we have heard so far from the community so far, the City's goals and guidelines, and the experience of the design team. We want to test different ideas to see what works best in the space of the park. At this stage, ideas are focused on the big picture and ask key questions such as:

  • What physical features are provided (benches, basketball court, slide, etc.)?
  • What programing is included (sports, play, gathering spot, etc.)?
  • What is the general feel/ambiance of the park (quiet, active, flexible, etc.)?
  • While there are still many details to figure out, the conceptual design phase is critical and sets the overall direction of what the future park looks like.


We encourage you to join us and we look forward to your feedback!

Refreshments will be provided. Please note, on-site parking is not available.

To request an interpreter for this event or for additional support accessing the materials or space, please contact

Can't join us that day?

If you are not able to attend, a recording of the presentation and a follow-up survey will be available. We will also have virtual office hours if you have any questions about the project.


Tabling in the Park and Next Project Survey!

We'll be taking advantage of what looks like a nice day, to do some tabling out in the park! Come by and say hello!

We will be at Rafferty Park:

Tuesday, May 7

3:30PM to 5:00PM

We'll be conducting the same exercises that we did at the community meeting. 

Community meetings and tabling events are not the only spaces we hope to be gathering feedback. We’ve also launched a next project survey that asks similar questions to the exercises at the meeting. We encourage you to view our presentation recording, as we think it provides project background and context to inform your feedback.

Click here to take our next project survey!


Slides from April 24, 2024 Community Meeting

Click here to view slides presented at the April 24, 2024 community meeting.

Click here to watch an abbreviated recording of the presentation given at the community meeting. This was recorded separately from the meeting itself, and we wanted to have a resource available to provide an overview of the project for anybody that may not have been able to attend the community meeting. 


Community Meeting for Rafferty Park Renovation

Please join us for a kickoff meeting for the Rafferty Park renovation project!

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM 
Community Room at Finch Cambridge 
(675 Concord Avenue, Cambridge)

During this first meeting, we hope we will learn from each other to shape a successful park and project.

At this meeting, we will:

  • Introduce the project team    
  • Share a conversation about community engagement
  • Give an overview of the project, including project schedule and City parks goals
  • Review early site analysis from the project team
  • Host a series of exercises to hear your ideas for the park!

We encourage you to join us! We are excited to meet you in person, and think this is a great way to connect with and hear from neighbors!

Refreshments will be provided. Please note, on-site parking is not available.

Can't make it?

If you are not able to attend, a recording of the presentation and a follow-up survey will be available. We will also have virtual office hours available if you have any questions about the project.


Share Your Ideas and Experiences with Us!

We've launched the first survey for our project! The goal of this survey is to begin to understand who is using the park, how you are using it, what you like about it, and ideas for improvement. 

You can take the survey here:


Sign up for Project Email Updates!

You can sign up for project updates via email here:

Anticipated general project timeline (as of Spring 2024):

  • Spring/Summer 2024: Concept Design
  • Fall/Winter 2024/25: Construction Documentation and Project Bid
  • Spring/Summer 2025: Construction Begins (approximately 12-16 months)

This anticipated timeline will be updated as the project advances and milestones are reached. 


Project Phases

The park design and construction process will be a multi-year process, and different parts of the project will have different goals. We've broken this out into phases so you know what to expect at different stages of the project and the key questions we're trying to learn answers to.

Phase 1: Introduction [March and April 2024]

At this part of the project, we want to let people know the park project is starting! We want to start our learning and listening process to begin to understand the park as it is today and what we'd like it to become.  

Phase 2: Goal-Setting [April and May 2024]

In this part of the project, we want to figure out what activities we’d like the park to have. What should it include? Play areas? Open field for sports? What do we want the space to feel like?

We’ll talk a bit too about how the City thinks about parks as important spaces for community life. While we’re excited to hear about specific things you’re interested in (swings? slides? soccer goals?), our big goal for this part of the project is get an idea of the activities you’d like the park to support.

Here’s what we’re trying to learn from you:

  • How do you use the park (or if you don’t, why not?)?
  • What do you like about the park today? How could it improve?
  • What activities are you excited about?
  • What activities do you think your neighbors would be excited about?

Phase 3: Conceptual Design [May and June 2024]

We'll come back to you with some ideas of how different pieces can fit together. This is a great time to hear specific things you're interested in!

By the end of this phase, we want to have the goals of the project and big decisions that we’ve made together to be very clear. That way, as we work on all the little details, we know what kind of park we are trying to create.

Phase 4: Drawing up the Plans! [July through Winter/Spring 2025]

In this phase, the team will be turning the concepts we talked about into construction plans. That step takes a long time, and we'll have some ways to share our progress and what that process looks like.

Phase 5: Construction [TBD]

We’re almost there! At this point, we want to make sure you stay informed about our progress. And as we get close to the project being completed, we want to get ready to celebrate the new park!


Different tools work best for different jobs, and that's true for community engagement too!

We're going to use a mix of ways you can get involved:

  • Email Updates: Email updates are the best way to get notified of events and updates. Click here to sign up for email updates!
  • Virtual Office Hours: Set up a virtual appointment with Gary. You set the agenda! These will be available throughout the project.
  • Invite us to your group: Do you have a group you meet with regularly that's interested in the project? Let us know! We're happy to stop by or hold a virtual discussion at any time during the project.
  • Community meetings: Meetings are a good way for us to share information to lots of people at once. They’re also great for us to hear from you, and for you to hear from your neighbors! We'll plan to host two of these bigger meetings through the process. (Can't make it out? We'll have the presentations recorded too so you can watch from home).
  • Pop-ups and drop-ins: If there's a nice opportunity to get out in the park or neighborhoods, we may set up some tables and activities and chat with park users. We'll send those out via email updates in case you'd like to stop by! 
  • Online Surveys: We'll have some times where we’ll have some specific questions we want to ask. These will usually follow the community meetings so you can provide feedback on what you heard and what you’ve been thinking about.

Have a different idea? Want to just share your ideas directly? Feel free to reach out!

Would access to interpretation help you get involved? Click here to learn about the City's Multilingual Helpline!


Gary Chan, Neighborhood Planner