09/21/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/21/2023 09:02
The City of Cambridge has announced the opening of the new Triangle Park in East Cambridge, located on Binney Street between First Street and Edwin H. Land Boulevard. An opening celebration will be held at the park on Wednesday, September 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tree planting and growing the area's tree canopy were areas of emphasis for the design of Triangle Park. The park is located inthe East Cambridge neighborhood, which has less tree canopy compared to other neighborhoods in Cambridge. The park employs a micro-forest planting approach with nearly 400 new trees planted in less than one acre.
"Our parks are such an important part of what makes Cambridge a great place to live, work, and visit," said City Manager Yi-AnHuang. "The opening of this new park,creation of a new public space, andcommitment to amore expansive tree canopy area testament to the dedicatedefforts of the City,Alexandria Real Estate Equities, and our community members."
"The design of this project was guided by the City's Urban Forest Master Plan and includessignificant tree plantingsand canopy growth in the Kendall Square area," said Public Works Commissioner Kathy Watkins. "It also allowed us to try some new approaches for how we think about open spaces and planting trees in the City. As the trees and plantings grow in over time, this unique park will provide an incredibleshaded space in the heart of Kendall Square for residents and visitors to enjoy."
The passive-use park includes concrete seat walls, lawn spaces, an urban grove with seating, and a multi-purpose timber deck for lounging and seating that can also serve as a small performance stage.
The park is the second of three new parks the City of Cambridge is designing and constructing in the East Cambridge neighborhood, and the second of two built with funding and on land transferred to the City by Alexandria Real Estate Equities. The first (Timothy J. Toomey, Jr. Park)opened in September 2021.
"Triangle Park is the realization of the shared vision of the City and the community to transform a vacant lot that previously worked as a traffic island to a green oasis in Kendall Square," said Assistant City Manager for Community Development Iram Farooq. "It's exciting to track the history from the Alexandria rezoning through which the City received this land to today, when we celebrate the completion of this new park. I look forward to seeing it become a place for residents, workers, and visitors to connect and enjoy community life together."
The design of the park was led by STOSS Landscape Urbanism and construction was led by Argus Construction Corporation. The park is open from dawn to dusk.
For more information on Triangle Park, visit, https://www.cambridgema.gov/CDD/Projects/Parks/trianglepark.
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