Community meeting

Memorial Drive Closures Community Meeting: September 14

The City of Cambridge and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) are seeking feedback from Cambridge residents on the overnight and Saturday closures of Memorial Drive.

  • The September 13 meeting was canceled due to forecast thunderstorms. If you would like to share your thoughts on the Memorial Drive closures, you can attend the Zoom meeting or email your testimonial to Elise Harmon-Freeman, Traffic, Parking and Transportation Manager, at [email protected] gov. We will collate emailed comments and pass them on to the Department of Conservation and Recreation and Cambridge City Council. On Tuesday, September 13, we will be hosting an in-person meeting at Riverside Press Park from 6-7:30 p.m.
  • On Wednesday, September 14, we will be hosting an online meeting on Zoom from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For nearly 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 car-free waterfront causeway. In 1985, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a law requiring DCR to close Memorial Drive between Gerry’s Landing Road and Western Avenue from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Sunday from late April through mid-November.

In 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic closed indoor leisure opportunities, Cambridge City Council asked the DCR to also close the area on Saturdays. Currently, Memorial Drive is closed from Gerry’s Landing Road to Western Avenue from Saturday 8 a.m. to Sunday 7 p.m. The car-free zone created by these closures is sometimes referred to as “Riverbend Park”.

The City and the DCR want to know what residents think of the current closure schedule. At this community meeting, residents will be able to provide feedback and talk about their experiences with the closures.

These meetings build on previous engagement opportunities around the Memorial Drive closures, including a series of meetings hosted by Councilwoman Denise Simmons and an open house and “Riverside Transportation Conversation” survey.

Visit the City of Cambridge’s Memorial Drive webpage to find out more.