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Community Meeting on Memorial Drive/Riverbend Park


Auditorium of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School: 102 Putnam Avenue, use Magee Street entrance.

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  • Riverside


Elise Harmon-Freeman


The City of Cambridge and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) are seeking input from Cambridge residents on closures of Memorial Drive to vehicles to allow for recreation. 

DCR closes a portion of Memorial Drive to motor vehicle traffic each weekend from the end of April to mid-November to allow pedestrians, cyclists, and others to enjoy the riverfront roadway without cars. The car-free area created by this program is sometimes referred to as "Riverbend Park." Right now, Memorial Drive is closed to cars from Gerry's Landing Road to Western Avenue from Saturday at 8 a.m. to Sunday at 7 p.m., which is an expansion of the Sunday-only schedule required by state law. 

What's happening at this meeting? The City and DCR want to hear your thoughts on the current schedule. This meeting will include a brief presentation on the closures of Memorial Drive to vehicles, followed by an open comment period. Depending on the number of attendees, we may limit commenters' speaking time to allow everyone a chance to speak. 

Learn more about Memorial Drive closures on the City's Memorial Drive webpage

 (This meeting was rescheduled from a planned September 13 meeting that was canceled due to thunderstorms).


Join us in the auditorium of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The school's address is 102 Putnam Avenue. 

Foods and beverages are not allowed in the school auditorium. 

Use the entrance located on Magee Street: 

Masks Strongly Encouraged

We are strongly encouraging masks at this event, and we will provide masks to attendees who do not have them. We also encourage attendees to socially distance.  

Can't Make This Event?

Can't make this event? Email your testimony to Traffic, Parking, and Transportation Communications Manager Elise Harmon-Freeman at eharmonfreeman@cambridgema.gov. We will assemble emailed comments and provide them to the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Cambridge City Council. 


The City of Cambridge does not discriminate, including on the basis of disability. We may provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures to people with disabilities.

To request accommodations or ask for more information, contact Traffic, Parking, and Transportation at tpt@cambridgema.gov, 617-349-4700 (voice), or via relay at 711.

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