North Point Park (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

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Part of the eastern section of North Point Park. A canal from the Charles River separates it from other parts of the park.

North Point Park is an 8.5-acre (3.4 ha) park located on the Charles River in Cambridge, Massachusetts, created as mitigation for the taking of planned parkland for the construction of the Big Dig. The park opened in December 2007. It is part of the "lost half mile" of the Charles River, between the 1910 Charles River Dam, now the site of the Museum of Science and the new Charles River Dam completed in 1978. The park opening was delayed for several years by a number of logistical and bureaucratic issues, but its design, including small islands, bridges and kayaking canals, has been characterized as "grand" and "ambitious" by the local press. The park designers were Carr Lynch & Sandell of Cambridge and Oehme, van Sweden & Associates of Washington, DC.[1] The park is adjacent to the ongoing NorthPoint real estate development project. Just upstream of these three new parks is the Paul Dudley White Bike Path in the Charles River Reservation. The Lynch Family Skate Park is located in North Point Park under the Interstate 93 highway ramps.[2]

Pedestrian connections[edit]

Pedestrians and bicyclists may travel east from North Point Park to Paul Revere Park in Charlestown over the MBTA Commuter Rail tracks and the mouth of Miller's River via the North Bank Bridge that opened on July 13, 2012.[3] This bridge, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), allows pedestrians to traverse the north side of the Charles River basin. Pedestrian bridges are also planned over the Charles River from North Point Park to Nashua Street Park in Boston, and a South Bank Bridge over the MBTA Commuter Rail tracks on the south bank of the river from Nashua Street Park to the riverfront just upstream of the Zakim Bridge south tower, connecting the Charles River Reservation to Boston Harbor.[3][4][5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ North Point Park in Cambridge nearly ready to open at last. The Boston Globe
  2. ^ "The Lynch Family Skate Park". mass.gov/dcr. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "MassDOT Board Approves North Bank Bridge". Commonwealth Conversations: Transportation. Mass.gov. November 30, 2009. Archived from the original on December 1, 2009.
  4. ^ "ARRA Highway Projects Current Status" (PDF). MassDOT. Mass.gov. November 3, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 26, 2013.
  5. ^ "New Charles River Basin" (PDF). Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Mass.gov. May 7, 2013. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  6. ^ DeMarco, Peter (November 25, 2007). "The new parks on the Charles are missing links". The Boston Globe. Retrieved April 13, 2016.

Coordinates: 42°22′9.0″N 71°4′10.3″W / 42.369167°N 71.069528°W / 42.369167; -71.069528