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Parks and Playgrounds

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What We Do

CDD's Community Planning Division conducts open space planning throughout the city and oversees major design, construction and renovation projects for Cambridge's parks and playgrounds. Community Planning staff also frequently consult with City departments and other groups on open space projects.

Open space in Cambridge is the collective responsibility of several departments including the Department of Public Works (responsible for park maintenance and operation), the Department of Human Service Programs (responsible for recreation facilities and programs), the Conservation Commission (responsible for environmental permitting and community gardens) the Water Department (responsible for Fresh Pond Reservation) and the Arts Council (responsible for public art installations). CDD collaborates with these departments and others through the work of the Open Space Committee.