Tuesday, January 25, 2011

What New Open Space or Public Amenities Would You Like to See in East Cambridge?

East Cambridge already has a good number of public parks, and there are a few planned that have yet to be built or completed. However, we are a densely packed neighborhood, and we are always looking for more breathing room or recreational opportunities in the neighborhood for our kids and ourselves. Our mission is to help bring that about. We do not have an unlimited amount of money to use, but the amount is certainly enough to make some substantial improvements. For example, we have more than the city spent building the Community Garden at Lopez Park, but less than they spent renovating Gold Star Mothers Park. So, with that as a guide, we are asking our East Cambridge neighbors to let us know what sorts of projects they would like to have the trust consider.

Our definition of Open Space is generally as defined by the City of Cambridge Zoning Ordinance with the exception of that associated with housing. Acquisition and improvement of land (new and improved parks and playgrounds), addition of amenities to public spaces (planters, benches, etc.), and support of programming in public spaces (festivals, concerts, recreational or educational programs, etc.) are all possibilities. We would like our projects to benefit all residents and to be permanent, but there are many possibilities. We're sure there are many things that we haven't thought of. That's where you come in. You can add your suggestions in the comment box below.

When adding your comments, consider the following questions:

What do you think the best use of East Cambridge Open Space Trust funds would be?

What sorts of public amenities would you like to see (or see more of) in East Cambridge?

Can you think of a large project (costing over $100,000) that you would like us to consider?

Can you think of a couple of small projects (costing under $10,000) that you would like us to consider?

Do you have any general comments or suggestions that you would like us to consider when deciding how to use the trust's funds?

All final decisions will be made by a vote of the trustees based on preference and the criteria listed on the "About" page.

Click on the word comments below and let us know what you would like.

Thank you very much.

The Trustees of the East Cambridge Open Space Trust