Landscape Architecture | Planning | Urban Design

Davis Square to Alewife Linear Park

Cambridge and Somerville, MA

Description

This mile long linear park on an abandoned railroad right-of-way is constructed over the tunnel connecting the Davis Square MBTA Red Line Station in Somerville to Alewife Station in North Cambridge.  In addition to providing passive and active recreational and leisure space, the park provides pedestrian and bicycle pathways to the subway stations and to the business districts at Davis Square and Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge.  Previously seen by the community as “under-utilized” and a “nuisance,” the park has served as the catalyst for several new housing and business developments.

The Linear Park is a Recipient of:
  • 1986 Regional Design Award, Governor’s Design Awards Program
  • 1989 Park, Recreation and Open Space Design, Merit Award, Boston Society of Landscape Architects
  • 1990 Urban Landscape Award, Massachusetts Horticultural Society
  • 2016 BSLA Landmark Award

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