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*Facilities, Parks & Recreation

Lift & Lounge in the Park
Add alternative spaces for teens and adults to exercise and relax outside! This project will include an outdoor fitness station to make exercise accessible for more residents and hammock poles for residents to unwind outside.
Estimated Cost: $90,000
Location: Location based on need and impact

Open our Doors
Let’s make our schools, libraries and public buildings more accessible for all by adding automatic door openers to entries that are wheelchair accessible but lack this feature. The City will work with the Disabilities Commission to prioritize locations.
Estimated Cost: $175,000
Location: Public buildings throughout Cambridge

Canine Comforts
This funding will be used to make improvements to the City’s dog parks, including adding a doggy cleaning station and adding molded dog bowls to water fountains.
Estimated Cost: $100,000
Location: Dog parks throughout Cambridge

*Community Resources

Laundry Access in Public Schools
Renovate a space in a Cambridge Public School and install washers and dryers for students who do not have easy access to laundry services at home, to use for their clothing and necessities.
Estimated Cost: $50,000
Location: TBD (in a Cambridge Public School)

Private Space for Nursing Parents
Place a Mamava breastfeeding pod for parents in City Hall.
Estimated Cost: $60,000
Location: City Hall

Public Bathroom
This proposal aims to build a third standalone outdoor public toilet in a high foot traffic area.
Estimated Cost: $350,000
Location: Area with heavy foot traffic

Extend Outdoor WiFi
24 hour WiFi access added to public outdoor spaces near libraries and City-owned buildings.
Estimated Cost: $50,000
Location: Multiple city locations

Public Art: Commemorating Local Cambridge Activism
Art honoring the 1971 action by Riverside neighborhood leaders including Black, Feminist & LBTQ+ activists, who occupied the 888 Memorial Dr. building to demand affordable housing, slowing campus expansion & establishing a women’s center.
Estimated Cost: $125,000
Location: Riverside Press Park


Pedestrian-Controlled Crosswalk Lights
Install 10 new pedestrian-controlled crosswalk lights in high-impact locations.
Estimated Cost: $150,000
Location: Throughout the city

Better Bike Parking for Students and Families
Install new covered bike parking at CRLS making biking easier for students and teachers; and also at McCrehan Pool which is popular with families during the summer but lacks enough standard bike racks.
Estimated Cost: $155,000
Location: Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and near McCrehan Pool

More Bluebike Stations Near Affordable Housing
Install 3 new, Cambridge-owned, Bluebike Stations in neighborhoods that need more affordable and convenient access to bike sharing. This project will support economic inclusivity, helping everyone enjoy the many benefits of bike sharing.
Estimated Cost: $180,000
Location: High-need Locations

Traffic Calming via Speedometer Signs
Add twenty five speedometers (Speed Feedback Signs) where traffic calming measures are most needed based on existing traffic data and research.
Estimated Cost: $150,000
Location: Multiple locations

Because Benches Make Life A Little Easier
Fifty additional benches would make public transportation more user-friendly and less stressful. Benches would also make these streets more hospitable for walking, shopping, and socializing for pedestrians of all ages and abilities.
Estimated Cost: $150,000
Location: Major thoroughfares and bus routes

My Court – basketball court upgrades
Upgrading Hoyt outdoor basketball court – new flooring, pro basketball hoops (adjustable & single rimmed), coaching equipment & fresh paint.
Estimated Cost: $250,000
Location: Hoyt Field

Upgrade the Moses Youth Center
Improve the quality and equipment of the Moses Youth Center by adding new furniture, upgrading technology and modernizing sports equipment & supplies.
Estimated Cost: $95,000
Location: Moses Youth Center

Water Bottle Filling Stations for the Major Squares
Provide free, clean water in the major squares. Water fountains and bottle filling stations are a healthy option for hydration without disposable water bottles while reducing plastic waste.
Estimated Cost: $150,000
Location: Major squares

Keeping Cambridge Clean
Replace 10 trash barrels and recycling containers, making them rodent-proof and environmentally friendly. Big Belly trash cans will keep the streets clean, prevent pests from being drawn to waste bins, and make it easier to properly dispose of different kinds of waste.
Estimated Cost: $100,000
Location: Multiple locations

Close the Canopy
Plant 100 trees in the areas of Cambridge with the lowest canopy cover, making our most vulnerable neighborhoods healthier, cooler, and more beautiful places to live and visit.
Estimated Cost: $200,000
Location: Urban heat islands, especially East Cambridge

Make the City Bloom with a Habitat Corridor
Increase pollinator and bird life in Cambridge by planting native flowers and vegetation along this underused median strip, creating a beautiful habitat corridor linking Fresh Pond and Mt Auburn Cemetery - two major habitats crucial for biodiversity.
Estimated Cost: $75,000
Location: Aberdeen Ave. median strip

Greener City Fleet
Purchase 2 electric vehicles and 2 charging stations to accelerate Cambridge’s transition to cleaner transportation.
Estimated Cost: $80,000
Location: Throughout Cambridge

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