Informational Alert | Coronavirus Updates
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Glacken Field

The City is planning to upgrade the two playing fields into two new Little League fields as well as renovate the Tot Lot and waterplay area.

Notice: Glacken Field &Playground and Slope Restoration Project - Field work scheduled to begin the week of June 29th

With the tree removals compete, the general contractor, Argus Construction, will be mobilizing to the site to begin the full renovation on Monday, June 29th.

Work will begin on site, Monday, June 29th. The tot-lot and the field area will remain closed for the duration of the project.

This project is scheduled to be completed in early Fall 2021. The City is working with the Contactor, Argus Construction, to develop a schedule and evaluate opportunities to mitigate potential delays related to the COVID-19 Pandemic and will look for opportunities for a phased opening of areas as they are completed. 

This project consists of the establishment of two little league fields with a perimeter multiuse path, complete renovation of the tot-lot and water play area and slope restoration work in the adjacent Fresh Pond Renovation. 

Contractors are required to follow the safety guidelines established by the State and submit their COVID-19 Control Plans to City.  Argus Construction’s plan has been accepted and they are permitted to proceed with work.

The City will continue to work on options for bike and pedestrian connections on Huron Ave. between Fresh Pond Parkway and Glacken Field. A community meeting will be held in the fall. 

What to expect during construction:

  • General work hours are M-F, 7AM-4PM.
  • Construction impacts and staging will be generally confined to the project site.
  • Access to the field area and tot-lot will be prohibited for the duration of the project.
  • Access to Reservation paths and amenities from the field area will be prohibited.
  • No-parking signs will be posted along Huron Ave to allow for construction vehicles to enter and exit the site.  Please refer to posted signs.
  • Adjacent tennis court and basketball courts will generally remain open with pedestrian access from the Golf Course parking area.  Intermittent closures for fence work can be expected as the project progresses.

 

For more information on this project or to be added to the project email list to receive future notices, please visit: www.cambridgema.gov/Glackenfield and www.cambridgema.gov/Water/Projects/freshpondreservation/glackenslopeimprovementproject

 

Information & Assistance:

If you have any questions regarding construction, please contact Kate Riley, Community Relations Manager, at 617-349-4870 / kriley@cambridgema.gov or Brian McLane, Project Manager, at 617-945-4084 / Bmclane@cambridgema.gov.

 

Thank you in advance for your patience during this construction.


Notice: Glacken Field & Playground and Slope Restoration Project Construction - Activities to Begin June 5th

The City has awarded the Glacken Field & Playground and Slope Restoration Construction Project to Argus Construction Corp. Argus has successfully completed a number of projects in Cambridge and we are excited to have them on board for this construction. Construction activities at Glacken Field will begin Friday June 5th.

Beginning Friday June 5th – Removal of Invasive Black Locust Trees

Maltby Tree, will be mobilizing for the removal of 46 invasive Black Locust trees to support the Slope Restoration Program. This program will restore an area of slope adjacent to the field through the establishment of a tiered native understory and replenish the canopy with a tree planting program.

The tree work is scheduled to start on Friday, June 5th and is anticipated to take one week to complete. The harvested wood will be sustainably used for play structures in this and other Cambridge projects. The first phase of work will impact the field area and the adjacent wooded slope.

Mid to Late June – Argus mobilizing for Glacken Field & Playground and Slope Restoration Project

Following the tree removals, Argus will be mobilizing in mid to late June to start the reconstruction project. City staff is currently working with Argus to develop their overall construction phasing and we will share more information in the coming weeks.

Consistent with the State Safety Standards and Cambridge’s Amended Temporary Construction Order, Argus will be submitting a COVID-19 Control Plan outlining their approach to Social Distancing; Hygiene Protocols; Staffing & Operations; and Cleaning & Disinfecting.

During Construction:

  • access to the field area will be limited
  • access to Fresh Pond Reservation through the field will be limited
  • some restrictions to the paths connecting Glacken Field to the main Reservation Path may be imposed
  • please obey ALL posted signage

Information & Assistance:

Questions regarding this project or the upcoming Construction? Contact Kara Falise, Project Manager, at 617.349.4827/ kfalise@cambridgema.gov, Kate Riley, Community Relations Manager, at 617-349-4870 / kriley@cambridgema.gov or David Kaplan, Watershed Manager, at 617-349-4799 / dkaplan@cambridgema.gov. If you have any special need or disability, please contact us to arrange for special accommodations that may be necessary.

For more information on this project or to be added to the project email list to receive future notices,
please visit: www.cambridgema.gov/GlackenField and https://www.cambridgema.gov/Water/Projects/freshpondreservation/glackenslopeimprovementproject


The following email was sent May 28, 2020

Dear Neighbor,

 

On March 18th, Cambridge issued a Temporary Emergency Construction Moratorium to limit construction in the City to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.   Last week, the City issued an Amended Temporary Emergency Construction Order to allow construction to restart in a phased approach in the coming weeks.   

 

What does this mean for construction in my neighborhood?

 

Beginning this week, you may start to see some construction activity related to site safety preparations, including installation of hand wash stations and other site modifications related to COVID-19 safety precautions. Beginning June 1st, you may start to see increased activity on your street related to the re-starting of construction. We will be in touch via additional notices with a schedule and information specific to the project on your street.

 

Residents should be aware that No Parking signs will start to appear in relation to construction activity. Contractors will make every effort to provide 48-hours’ notice, but please check the street frequently.

 

Help Us Spread the Word!

We will not be distributing paper notices to each location at this time. Please encourage your neighbors to sign up to receive email notifications about projects around the City at cambridgema.gov/subscribe.

COVID-19 Control Plan for Construction:

In addition to the stringent safety guidelines required by the State, all contractors will need to submit to the Inspectional Services Department or Department of Public Works, as appropriate, a COVID-19 Control Plan for Cambridge on permitted projects. This plan will require:

  •  A cleaning and decontamination checklist; The number of workers expected on the job site; and
  •  No non-essential personnel may be present at the worksite.
  •  Additionally, contractors will be encouraged, and in some cases required, to conduct a site-specific risk analysis and enhanced COVID-19 safety plan for more complex projects.

As previously announced on May 18, the City of Cambridge will expand currently allowed construction activity in the City in four phases:

  • Phase 1, beginning May 25, will add site safety prep work for projects previously permitted by Inspectional Services (ISD) and Public Works (DPW). Forthcoming amendments to the City’s Temporary Emergency Construction Order issued on March 18 will modify the definition of essential construction to include work associated with COVID-19 restaurant modification needed to allow them to safely reopen;
  • Phase 2, beginning on June 1, will add horizontal construction, city building projects, 100% affordable housing developments, larger buildings (over 25,000 square feet) previously permitted by ISD or DPW;
  • Phase 3, tentatively beginning on June 15, will add all remaining existing construction previously permitted by ISD and DPW; and
  • Phase 4, tentatively beginning on June 29, will add new permits. Permits can be submitted, and pre-reviews will occur at any time, but permits will not be formally accepted or issued until this date.


For additional details on the Amended Temporary Emergency Construction Order, please click
here


Open House Project Plans Posted

The Playground Plan and Site Plan from the February13th meeting have been posted in the "Documents" tab of this project page.


Notice: Glacken Field & Playground Renovation Project - Design Review Open House

Join us Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM at the Haggerty School Cafeteria at 110 Cushing Street.

Please join us to learn about the Glacken Field and Playground renovation, and to provide input on the Fresh Pond Slope Restoration Project. The slope restoration work includes of the removal of 46 invasive Black Locust trees to support the establishment of a tiered native understory and tree planting program.

This meeting is an opportunity to:
• View design for tot lot renovation and Little League Field Areas
• Review construction schedule
• Learn about and provide input on Fresh Pond Slope Restoration

If you have any questions about this project or the upcoming Open House, please contact:

Kara Falise, Project Manager
kfalise@cambridgema.gov or 617-349-4827

Kate Riley, Community Relations Manager
kriley@cambridgema.gov or 617-349-4870

David Kaplan, Watershed Manager
dkaplan@cambridgema.gov or 617-349-4799


Construction Notice: Glacken Field & Playground Renovation Project - Concrete Bleacher Removal

In preparation for the larger Glacken Field and Playground Renovation project, anticipated to commence this Spring, the onsite concrete bleacher structures are going to be removed. A City Contractor is scheduled to start the removal work early February. The work, which includes removals of trees that have grown integral to the structures, is anticipated to take 3-4 weeks to complete. Access to Field and Court areas will be limited during this construction.

For more information on this project or to be added to the project email list to receive future notices, please visit: www.cambridgema.gov/GlackenField

If you have any questions about this project or the upcoming Community Meeting, please contact:
Kara Falise, Project Manager
kfalise@cambridgema.gov or 617-349-4827

Kate Riley, Community Relations Manager
kriley@cambridgema.gov or 617-349-4870

Meeting Presentation Posted

The presentation and associated documents from the November 7th meeting have been posted in the "Documents" tab of this project page. 


Notice: Glacken Field & Playground Renovation Project - Community Meeting #2 - Tot Lot Design

Please join us for a community meeting for this project on Thursday, November 7th, 6:30PM-8PM, Russell Youth Center, 680 Huron Ave.

At this meeting, we will:

  • Review community survey feedback
  • View and discuss design opportunities for Tot Lot renovation and water play area
  • Provide brief update on design progress for the field area
  • Review schedule for design and construction

To be added to the project email list, please visit the "Contact" tab of this project page. 

For questions about this project or the upcoming community meeting, please contact:

  • Kara Falise - Project Manager, kfalise@cambridgema.gov, 617-349-4827
  • Kate Riley - Community Relations Manager, kriley@cambridgema.gov, 617-349-4870

Meeting Presentation Posted

The presentation from the September 26th meeting has been posted in the "Documents" tab of this project page.


Notice: Glacken Field & Playground Renovation Project - Community Meeting #1 - Project Introduction

Please join us for a community meeting for this project on Thursday, September 26th, 6:30PM-8PM, Russell Youth Center, 680 Huron Ave. 

At this meeting, we will:

  • Discuss and seek input on design for Tot Lot renovation and waterplay area
  • Discuss plans to upgrade the playing fields into two new Little League fields for West Cambridge Little League, which is being relocated from the Tobin School
  • Review schedule for design and construction

To be added to the project email list, please visit the "Contact" tab of this project page. 

For questions about this project or the upcoming community meeting, please contact:

  • Kara Falise - Project Manager, kfalise@cambridgema.gov, 617-349-4827
  • Kate Riley - Community Relations Manager, kriley@cambridgema.gov, 617-349-4870

 

Fall 2019: Community process and design

Kara Falise - Senior Engineer

617-349-4827

kfalise@cambridgema.gov


Kate Riley - Community Relations Manager

617-349-4870

kriley@cambridgema.gov



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