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Clarendon Ave Playground

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The Clarendon Avenue Playground will undergo targeted repair work and equipment upgrades to improve play conditions for and the safety of its users.


This work is consistent with the City's ongoing commitment to the goals of the Healthy Parks and Playgrounds Initiative, which guides all improvements to the City's playgrounds, parks, and open spaces. The goals of the Healthy Parks and Playgrounds Initiative are to provide a diverse range of play opportunities throughout the city that are fun, physically challenging, creatively stimulating and socially engaging, and that serve children and adults of all different age groups, ability levels, and interests.

Clarendon Avenue Playground Reopens Following Completion of Improvements  

Cambridge, MA February 4, 2021 -- The City of Cambridge announced the reopening of the Clarendon Avenue Playground in North Cambridge.  
 

Located at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Clarendon Avenue, the park features an improved entry plaza and seating area. The park now includes a greater variety of play opportunities with the addition of swings, a water table to accompany the relocated sand play area, and loose play materials to encourage creative play. Other features include the addition of new furniture, a new rubberized surface and shade structure, and additional site plantings. The $1.26 million renovation to the park was funded through a combination of Community Preservation Act funds and free cash.  

“We take great pride in providing high-quality parks throughout the city for our residents,” said City Manager Louis A. DePasquale. 

“We’re excited to welcome everyone back to the Clarendon Avenue Playground,” said Iram Farooq, Assistant City Manager for Community Development. “We’d like to thank all those who had a part in this project, including the Cambridge City Council and Community Preservation Act Committee, city staff, and community members who contributed their time and energy to being a part of the public process for this project.” 

The park improvements were guided by the goals of the City’s work as part of the Healthy Parks and Playgrounds Initiative. The goals of the Healthy Parks and Playgrounds Initiative are to provide a diverse range of play opportunities throughout the city that are fun, physically challenging, creatively stimulating and socially engaging, and that serve children and adults of all different age groups, ability levels, and interests. 

Before visiting the playground, the public is encouraged to review the services page of the City’s COVID-19 website prior to their visit to learn about any park restrictions. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, please remember the basics to wear a mask or face covering, practice physical distancing, and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds when able. 


Weather permitting this winter, the City's contractor, JNJ Sacca, Inc., will begin installing underground utilities including electrical lighting, irrigation and drainage. 

Winter 2020/Early Spring 2020: Utility work including electrical, irrigation and drainage and installation of pervious surfaces 

Spring/Summer 2020: Installation of play equipment as it arrives

Estimate completion: July 2020



The Clarendon Avenue Playground will undergo targeted repairs and equipment upgrades to improve play conditions for and the safety of its users. 


The scope of work includes:

  • visual and functional improvements to the playground's Mass Ave façade
  • rubber resurfacing of the play space in the center of the playground
  • additional play equipment in the play space at the far end of the playground
  • additional shade trees and natural elements
  • loose and fixed furniture


Background information regarding plans and development of this project, including presentations to them community, can be found of the CDD's Project Page

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