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DCR will continue to close Memorial Drive to cars on Saturdays

Update: Go to the Riverbend Park webpage for the latest information on Memorial Drive closures

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) confirmed today that a section of Memorial Drive will continue to be closed to vehicles on Saturdays.

The portion of Memorial Drive between Gerry’s Landing Road and Western Avenue will continue to be closed to cars each weekend to allow pedestrians, cyclists, and others to enjoy the riverfront without cars. The closure to vehicle traffic will begin on Saturday at 8 a.m. and end on Sunday at 7 p.m., according to a DCR traffic advisory

Contact DCR at (617) 626-1250 or mass.parks@mass.gov.

Background

For almost 40 years, DCR has closed a portion of Memorial Drive to motor vehicle traffic on Sundays to allow pedestrians, cyclists, and others to enjoy the riverfront roadway without cars. In 1985, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a law that requires DCR to close Memorial Drive between Gerry’s Landing Road and Western Avenue from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Sunday from the end of April until mid-November. In 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic closed indoor recreation opportunities, the Cambridge City Council asked DCR to close the area on Saturdays as well. 

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