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Culture & Community Facilities

Interactive Technology for the Main Library

This project will fund an iPad lending kiosk and 16 iPads, as well as a permanent interactive screen in the Children’s Room of the Main Library.

Estimated Cost: $60,000

Location: Main Library, 449 Broadway


Cambridge Garden of Peace

The Peace Garden will include a memorial for loved ones from Cambridge whose lives were taken due to violence. The Peace Garden will be a place of tranquility and reflection.

Estimated Cost: $350,000

Location: Location to be determined through a community process


Digital Sign at City Hall in Multiple Languages

Digital sign that will scroll announcements in multiple languages and welcome people to Cambridge. It will be easily seen when residents go by and will be a prototype that if successful can be replicated in other areas of the city.

Estimated Cost: $75,000

Location: Cambridge City Hall lawn


Little Free Libraries (Book Exchanges)

Informal Book Exchanges are already popular in Cambridge on streets and at the Public Works yard. This project would install 13 Little Free Libraries to support literacy, community engagement, and fun throughout the streets of our city.

Estimated Cost: $16,250

Location: 13 locations - 1 in each Cambridge neighborhood


Block Party Trailer with Party Equipment

A vehicle or trailer, equipped with supplies needed for bringing neighbors together at outdoor block parties.

Estimated Cost: $81,000

Location: Residents to request as needed


Free Wifi and Soofa Benches in 3 Parks

This project would install free public wifi in 3 Cambridge parks that are in areas with limited access to free wifi and 10 solar-powered benches that allow residents and visitors to charge their electronic devices for free in public areas.

Estimated Cost: $92,000

Location: Wifi and Soofa benches in Lopez, Raymond & Dana Parks; Soofa benches in Porter & Inman Squares and the Main Library


Environment, Health & Safety

Veterans’ Garden

Veterans of war often return home with severe but unseen injuries. 8,000 veterans, each year, take their own lives. A garden design to heal the wounds of war for vets and their families is the purpose of this project. Help make it possible.

Estimated Cost: $250,000

Location: Location to be determined through a community process


Nursing Pod for Mothers and Infants

Provide an attractive private space where working mothers and community members can breastfeed or pump during the work day. Provision of break time and a private area for nursing or pumping is required by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Estimated Cost: $20,000

Location: City Hall, 3rd floor, Central Square


Cambridge Prepared Food Rescue Freezer Van

Let’s feed the hungry in our city. A freezer van is the vital piece of equipment that would allow Cambridge and its partners to potentially double prepared food rescue deliveries from roughly 3,500 healthy frozen meals to 7,000 each week.

Estimated Cost: $48,000

Location: Citywide


The Sustainable Energy Pilot

Picture a future where Cambridge residents are making sustainable energy choices. Let’s start now – install energy conversion devices on gym equipment and a rapid electric vehicle charging station.

Estimated Cost: $90,000

Location: War Memorial Recreation Center and 1 City parking lot


5 Water Bottle Refill Stations

At a water bottle refill station you get a healthy drink for free! The Cambridge Public Health Department recommends drinking more water and less sugary drinks.

Estimated Cost: $40,000

Location: Citywide


Wellington-Harrington Community Garden

The Wellington-Harrington neighborhood is full of gardeners but has no community gardens. Let’s support our neighbors’ desire to bring a community garden to Wellington-Harrington. They’ve organized, we’ve listened - let’s make it happen!

Estimated Cost: $100,000

Location: Location to be determined through a community process


Streets, Sidewalks & Transit

Real-Time Bus Arrival Monitors in Harvard Square

Real-time bus arrival monitors at 2 bus stops in Harvard Square will inform travelers when the next bus will arrive, so they can adjust their plans if needed.

Estimated Cost: $24,000

Location: 2 locations in Harvard Square


Shape Up Our Squares!

Paint green bike lanes through the intersections on Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square and Hampshire Street in Inman Square to improve safety for drivers, bikers, and pedestrians.

Estimated Cost: $40,000

Location: Central and Inman Squares


Faster, Better #1 Bus for Cambridge

Increase on-time trips and reduce bus commuter transit times for the #1 Bus on Massachusetts Avenue by installing a Transit Signal Priority system at intersections allowing buses to extend green lights to get through traffic faster.

Estimated Cost: $250,000

Location: Massachusetts Avenue


Separate Bike Lanes from Traffic

Improve safety for drivers and bikers by moving bike lanes to be between street parking spots and the sidewalk, reducing car-bike interactions and potential collisions.

Estimated Cost: $50,000

Location: Citywide


Make Massachusetts Avenue Safer for Bikers

Improve safety on Massachusetts Avenue by adding shared lane markings for bicycles, along with signs saying “Bike Route,” “Bicycle May Use Full Lane,” and “Watch for Cyclists” where bike lanes are not already present.

Estimated Cost: $70,000

Location: Along Massachusetts Avenue


Parks, Recreation & Education

New Chairs for Cambridge Public Schools!

We need new chairs in CPS schools, specifically the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS), Cambridge Street Upper School, Putnam Avenue Upper School, and Rindge Avenue Upper School.

Estimated Cost: $190,000

Location: CRLS and 3 Upper Schools


Remodel the Kitchen at the Frisoli Youth Center

The kitchen area in the Frisoli Youth Center is in dire need of renovating. Replace the stove, dishwasher, cabinets, and countertops in the Frisoli Youth Center kitchen. This project can serve many Cambridge youth!

Estimated Cost: $200,000

Location: 61 Willow Street


Outdoor Exercise Equipment

Installing outdoor exercise equipment similar to the fitness stations along the Charles River in Boston at Danehy Park and three other Cambridge parks would provide a health benefit for the whole community.

Estimated Cost: $260,000

Location: Danehy Park and 3 other parks


Volleyball Court at Danehy Park

Creating an outdoor volleyball court would be an exciting addition to the city, especially since there is not currently an outdoor court in all of Cambridge! The court would have sand and a sturdy net for three-season usage.

Estimated Cost: $61,000

Location: Danehy Park


Inclusive Playground for All Kids

This Universal Design playground would include equipment that is designed to be usable by everyone without special adaptations or retrofitting. This is greatly needed to create inclusive physical environments in the community.

Estimated Cost: $305,000

Location: Location to be determined through a community process


Invention and Production of Music

Install music studios and equipment at the Frisoli, Gately, and Russell Youth Centers to inspire creativity, enable pre-teens and teens to express their skills and passions, and provide youth with another recreational outlet.

Estimated Cost: $150,000

Location: Frisoli, Gately, & Russell Youth Centers