Cambridge Common + Flagstaff Park

Historic Park Renovation + Bike/Ped Pathway | Cambridge, Massachusetts

Cambridge Common has played an important role in US civic life from the early 17th century witch trials to modern anti-war protests. To help continue this tradition of community engagement, Halvorson Design developed strategies to sustain the park for the future and support the public needs of a 21st century population.

Cambridge Common serves as a critical passive and active recreation space in Harvard Square, and by reinforcing and defining park entrances, pathways and uses, Halvorson Design strengthened and defined Cambridge Common’s various spaces. The program included the development of standards for new hardscapes, site furnishings and wayfinding signage, as well as the integration of energy efficient lighting and irrigation, and encouraging path use at all major desire lines.  The firm reinvigorated softscape areas by developing high-use areas, planting a diverse palette of 120 shade trees in custom soil systems and protecting existing trees and iconic features. Halvorson Design also created bike/pedestrian pathway connections to the neighborhood’s extensive network.


Cynthia Smith FASLA



City of Cambridge



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