Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2016 #297
ORDER ADOPTED
Nov 7, 2016 5:30 PM

That the City Manager request permission from the DCR to continue Sunday closings on Memorial Drive year-round, starting in early 2017, and to work with the Cambridge Police, Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department and Public Works Departments and any other staff to implement this plan, and to report back to the Council as soon as possible on the feasibility and schedule.

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, JDSponsors:Councillor Jan Devereux, Councillor Dennis J. Carlone
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

Memorial Drive is closed to motor vehicles from Western Avenue to Fresh Pond Parkway between 11am and 7pm on Sundays, starting on the last Sunday in April and ending on the second Sunday in November; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), which controls Memorial Drive, and the City of Cambridge work together to ensure that the Sunday traffic closings are well-marked and safely enforced; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Car-free Sundays began as an experiment in 1976 to create a “people’s park” along the river at the suggestion of the indomitable and visionary Isabella Halstead, who founded the Friends of Riverbend Park; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Over the past forty years the Sunday closings have become a beloved tradition that draws thousands of people of all ages to Memorial Drive for fitness, recreation, play, community and reflection on the river’s natural beauty and history of uses; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Non-profit partners such as the Charles River Conservancy have provided Sunday programming for families, and many children have learned to bicycle, roller blade and skateboard along Memorial Drive when it is closed to cars; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Many residents have asked for the Sunday closings to continue year-round, and have expressed a strong desire to be able to walk, run and ride on Memorial Drive without traffic on Sundays in the winter and early spring; now therefore be it


 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to request permission from the DCR to continue Sunday closings on Memorial Drive year-round, starting in early 2017, and to work with the Cambridge Police, Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department, and Public Works Departments and any other staff to implement this plan, and to report back to the Council as soon as possible on the feasibility and schedule.

 

Meeting History

Nov 7, 2016 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED