News and Events


  • Longfellow Park Steps Restoration Project

    Beginning the week of April 2nd and continuing for the next two months, weather permitting, the Department of Public Works, in collaboration with the Cambridge Historical Commission, will be working to restore the steps and stone retaining walls at Longfellow Park.

  • Spring Showers Bring Limited Time Offer on Rain Barrels

    Capture the rainwater from your roof and store it in a rain barrel for later use in your garden. Purchase a 60-gallon rainwater collection system for $69.00 now through May 27th. Delivery is scheduled for Thursday, June 1st , from 4:30 -7:00 p.m. at the Cambridge DPW yard, 147 Hampshire Street.

  • Public Meeting- Stormwater Management Program

    The Cambridge Department of Public Works is holding a public meeting to discuss the City’s efforts in the implementation of its Stormwater Management Program on Tuesday, March 27, from 6:00 – 7:00 P.M., Department of Public Works, Frazier Conference Room, 147 Hampshire Street.

  • Alewife Brook Combined Sewer Overflow Control Progress Update

    This notice is required by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) .

  • City of Cambridge Celebrates “Arbor Week” April 23-27

    Join the Department of Public Works to celebrate “Arbor Week” in the City. This special week is focused on activities and information to promote Cambridge’s Urban Forest and runs from Monday, April 23 through Arbor Day, Friday, April 27.

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Upcoming Events

  • 6:00 AM, April 23, 2018

    Arbor Week- Tree Signage

    Members of Public Works’ Urban Forestry Division will post information about the benefits of different tree species around MBTA stations and in other high pedestrian traffic areas in the City to inform residents about the benefits our urban canopy brings to the community.

  • 7:00 PM, April 23, 2018

    Conservation Commission April 23rd Meeting

    Public Meeting of the Cambridge Conservation Commission

  • 10:00 AM, April 24, 2018

    Arbor Week- City Arborist at City Hall

    Join City Arborist Dave Lefcourt outside of City Hall from 10am-12pm as he shares information about trees and hands out seedlings and other materials to help inform residents about the important role trees play in the City.

  • 5:00 PM, April 25, 2018

    Arbor Week - Tree Walk

    City Arborist Dave Lefcourt will lead a “Tree Walk” through Mid-Cambridge which includes a visit to Harvard Yard from 5-7pm. Residents are invited to gather in front of the Main Library to begin this information-packed session on trees and Cambridge’s Urban Forestry program. Free bare root seedling trees will be available.

  • 10:00 AM, April 26, 2018

    Arbor Week - Main Library Event

    Public Works will hold an event outside the Main Library from 10am-12pm, weather permitting. Members of the community are invited to come collect information about trees, collect a free seedling, and watch members of the Urban Forestry Division show off their skills in a “tree climbing” demonstration. Librarians will also be on hand to read a tree-themed book to children outside the library at 11am.

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