Open Space Plan Update

Map of Open Space 7 Year Action Plan

Beginning in September 2021, the City of Cambridge will be starting a planning process to guide its work around parks and open space. Through this work, we will be updating our Open Space and Recreation Plan for submission to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. 


In preparation for this planning process, we'd like to learn more about how people who live, work, or study in Cambridge use and enjoy parks. Please  fill out our questionnaire to share your thoughts with us!

If you would like to stay involved, we invite you to sign up for our Open Space Planning email list for project updates and information on other open space work in Cambridge.


Previous Open Space Plan

The City of Cambridge's previous Open Space and Recreation Plan for the 2009-2016 time period was effective through January, 2016. In order to be eligible for open space grant funding from the state, a city or town must have a current and approved Seven-Year Open Space and Recreation Plan filed with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Click the links below to download the plan in full or to view individual sections of the plan document. 


Download Full Document

Open Space Plan - Complete Document (including Maps and Tables)

Download Document Sections

Pages 1-196 Open Space Plan - Text Only
Maps 3-1, 3-2, 3-3, 3-4, 3-5 and Table 3-9 Regional Context, Environmental Justice Populations, Transportation Infrastructure, Bicycle Facilities, Base Zoning Districts, Zoning Reference Sheet
Maps 4-1, 4-2, 4-2A, 4-3, 4-4 Soils, Water Resources, Up-Country Watershed Areas, Historic Protections, Landscape Character and Unique Features
Maps 5-1, 5-2, 5-3, 5-4 and Tables 5-1, 5-2, 5-3, 5-4; Maps 6-1, 6-2 Significant Private Open Spaces; Major Public Open Spaces, Community Gardens, Schools and Youth Centers; Public Street Streets, Plazas and Pocket Parks; Other Public Facilities; Cambridge Neighborhoods, New Parks and Areas of Need (Green Ribbon Study)
Maps 7-1, 7-2 Eastern Cambridge Planning Study and Concord-Alewife Planning Study Goals
Map 9-1 Seven-Year Action Plan
Tables 5-1, 5-2, 5-3, 5-4 Inventory of Major Public Open Spaces, Inventory of Community Gardens; Inventory of Schools and Youth Centers; Inventory of Other Public Facilities


For More Information

For more information contact Gary Chan at 617/349-4603 or