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Franklin Street Park – Cambridge Parks – An Urban Oasis

Entrance to the Franklin Street Park in Cambridge Mass

Entrance to the Franklin Street Park in Cambridge Mass

Franklin Street Park on Franklin Street in the Riverside neighborhood of Cambridge Massachusetts is a lovely and unusual pocket park.  Measuring just 4400 sq.ft. the park is similar in size to the city house lots that line the street.

Before Franklin Street Park was rehabbed in 2003 it was a dark, gloomy space covered in large part with paving. The city held a number of meetings to solicit feedback from Cambridge residents about what they hoped the park would become. Goals in the reconstruction of the park included increasing safety, adding more natural elements in the park, adding play areas for kids, and making the park wheelchair accessible.

In 2004 the American Society of Landscape Architects’ magazine Landscape Architecture awarded the park an “Editors’ Choice” designation.

Today the park is a treat to discover.  From the granite entrance gate designed by Boston sculptor Murray Dewart to the unusual metal dome that seems to rise from the ground at the back of the lot – this park is full of surprises.

The park is green, lush and serene. There are places to sit, a water feature, and kid-friendly spaces.  That mysterious metal dome? It’s meant to be a space for kids to play and is surrounded by plastic grass.

The City of Cambridge’s Community Development Concept Plan in Spring 2002 gave this vision for the park project:

“The concept is to create an exciting and unique enclosed public open space that residents will discover and enjoy. A space for quiet reflection, reading a book, playing a game or watching a child play… A space with beautiful plantings, shade and visual interest… an urban oasis…”

A visit to Franklin Street Park confirms that the city has achieved its goals – the park is indeed an oasis – and a beautiful space to while away the afternoon.

Here are some more photos of Franklin Street Park:


This is the second in a series on Cambridge parks.  Here’s more:

The Smallest Park in Cambridge


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