Riverside Park + Housing

Civic Open Space + Housing | Cambridge, Massachusetts

Riverside Park is a major new open space resource for the Riverside neighborhood and larger community. Exploiting vistas to the nearby Charles River, the park offers passive recreation opportunities in elegant contemporary surroundings. An event lawn anchors the center of the park and a striking pavilion serves as a shade shelter and pedestrian access to an underground garage. The park also includes a small paved plaza, play area, spray fountain, labyrinth, water features and extensive plantings. More than one-third of the park is built on top of an underground garage.

In coordination with the park, Halvorson Design provided landscape architectural services for new graduate student housing sensitively integrated into the Riverside neighborhood. These infill projects involved preservation and relocation of historic houses, protection and replacement of shade trees, and new incidental open spaces. The housing on Cowperthwaite Street received a LEED Gold certification.


2011 Merit Award for Design,
Boston Society of Landscape Architects



.75 acres (park)



Cynthia Smith FASLA




Cambridge Community Development Department (Park)
Cambridge Department of Public Works (Park)
Harvard University (Housing)

Touloukian Touloukian, Inc. (Park Pavillion)
Elkus Manfredi Architects (Housing)

Civil Engineer:
Green International Affiliates, Inc. (Park + Housing)

Electrical Engineer:
AHA Consulting Engineers (Housing)

Fountain Designer:
Freeport Fountains (Park)

Soils Consultant:
Pine & Swallow Environmental (Park)

Sharon M Louden