August 2020: Construction Updates
Below are updates on construction of Toomey Park, as of early August 2020:
- Drainage and infiltration structures to capture 76,250 gallons of stormwater has been completed.
- Water utilities to support proposed play areas water features, drinking fountains, irrigation system is ongoing.
- Electrical utilities to support power to the site, site lighting, water features, and irrigation is ongoing.
- Site earthwork and rough grading is ongoing.
- Placement of stone boulders at the play areas has begun at the east side of the property.
- Footings for the building and retainage walls (for green park equipment storage/charging area) have been completed.
- Building walls are complete
- The building roof and retaining walls are in progress.
June 2020: Construction to Resume at Timothy J. Toomey, Jr. Park
In accordance with the City’s amended Temporary Emergency Construction Order issued on May 21, 2020, construction activity will resume at the Timothy J. Toomey, Jr. Park in early June 2020. The completion date of the park is currently estimated to be Fall 2021.
December 2019: Construction to Begin at Timothy J. Toomey, Jr. Park
The City's construction contractor will begin mobilization at the Timothy J. Toomey, Jr. Park (formerly known as Rogers Street Park) in December 2019.
During this time, the temporary off-leash area will be closed for construction along with the rest of the field area. Click here to view nearby off-leash areas during the closure.
A new, permanent dog run will be constructed as part of the new park design. The dog run will include surface and drainage improvements, a dog-friendly water fountain, seating, plantings, and a second entryway.
The overall park will also include children's play areas, picnic tables and benches, a sports field/event lawn, a park maintenance facility, and tree and landscape plantings.
Construction is expected to be completed by Summer 2021.
November 8, 2017: Plans for Rogers Street Park
On Wednesday, November 8, 2017 a meeting was held at the East End House, 2015 Spring Street, at 7:00 p.m. to provide a design update on Rogers Park.
Click here to view materials for Rogers Street Park presented on November 8, 2017.
November 3, 2016: Public Meeting to View Park Designs
On Thursday, November 3, 2016, a public meeting to view designs for three new open spaces in eastern Cambridge, including Rogers Street Park was held at the Kennedy-Longfellow School Cafeteria, 158 Spring Street, from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. introduced the Rogers Street Park site and present initial design concepts. Stoss Landscape Urbanism also presented designs for Binney Street Park and Triangle Park, based on concepts presented at the June 2016 public meeting.
2012-2013: Kendall Square/Central Square (K2C2) Planning Study
2012: Telephone survey on open space use in eastern Cambridge
2013-2014: Eastern Cambridge/Kendall Square Open Space (ECKOS) Study Committee conducts public process to develop Vision and Goals for open spaces in eastern Cambridge
2014-2015: Connect Kendall Square Open Space Competition to develop open space framework based on Vision and Goals
2016-2019: Design of new open spaces, guided by open space framework
2019: Construction of Timothy J. Toomey, Jr. Park begins
2021: Anticipated park opening
The temporary off-leash area will be closed during park construction. The City's construction contractor will begin mobilization in early December. Click here to view nearby off-leash areas during the closure.
In September 2016, a temporary off-leash area was created at the park site in anticipation of a future permanent location in the neighborhood. This area was used on an interim basis, and will be unavailable for use when construction begins on the site.
The area is open from dawn to dusk, and may require closure at other times. All City of Cambridge off-leash rules and regulations apply and will be enforced accordingly.
A permanent dedicated off-leash area will be located within Rogers Street Park as a part of the new park construction.
Click here for more information about off-leash dogs in City parks.