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Close the Canopy

Plant 100 trees in the areas of Cambridge with the lowest canopy cover, making our most vulnerable neighborhoods healthier, cooler, and more beautiful places to live and visit.

Estimated Cost: $200,000

Location: Urban heat islands, especially East Cambridge


Water Bottle Filling Stations for the Major Squares

Provide free, clean water in the major squares. Water fountains and bottle filling stations are a healthy option for hydration without disposable water bottles while reducing plastic waste.

Estimated Cost: $150,000

Location: Major squares


Keeping Cambridge Clean

Replace 10 trash barrels and recycling containers, making them rodent-proof and environmentally friendly. Big Belly trash cans will keep the streets clean, prevent pests from being drawn to waste bins, and make it easier to properly dispose of different kinds of waste.

Estimated Cost: $100,000

Location: Multiple locations


Make the City Bloom with a Habitat Corridor

Increase pollinator and bird life in Cambridge by planting native flowers and vegetation along this underused median strip, creating a beautiful habitat corridor linking Fresh Pond and Mt Auburn Cemetery - two major habitats crucial for biodiversity.

Estimated Cost: $75,000

Location: Aberdeen Ave. median strip


Greener City Fleet

Purchase 2 electric vehicles and 2 charging stations to accelerate Cambridge’s transition to cleaner transportation.

Estimated Cost: $80,000

Location: Throughout Cambridge


Community Resources

Private Space for Nursing Parents

Place a Mamava breastfeeding pod for parents in City Hall.

Estimated Cost: $60,000

Location: City Hall


Public Bathroom

This proposal aims to build a third standalone outdoor public toilet in a high foot traffic area.

Estimated Cost: $350,000

Location: Area with heavy foot traffic


Laundry Access in Public Schools

Renovate a space in a Cambridge Public School and install washers and dryers for students who do not have easy access to laundry services at home, to use for their clothing and necessities.

Estimated Cost: $50,000

Location: TBD (in a Cambridge Public School)


Public Art: Commemorating Local Cambridge Activism

Art honoring the 1971 action by Riverside neighborhood leaders including Black, Feminist & LBTQ+ activists, who occupied the 888 Memorial Dr. building to demand affordable housing, slowing campus expansion & establishing a women’s center.

Estimated Cost: $125,000

Location: Riverside Press Park


Extend Outdoor WiFi

24 hour WiFi access added to public outdoor spaces near libraries and City-owned buildings.

Estimated Cost: $50,000

Location: Multiple city locations


Facilities, Parks & Recreation

Lift & Lounge in the Park

Add alternative spaces for teens and adults to exercise and relax outside! This project will include an outdoor fitness station to make exercise accessible for more residents and hammock poles for residents to unwind outside.

Estimated Cost: $90,000

Location: Location based on need and impact


Open our Doors

Let’s make our schools, libraries and public buildings more accessible for all by adding automatic door openers to entries that are wheelchair accessible but lack this feature. The City will work with the Disabilities Commission to prioritize locations.

Estimated Cost: $175,000

Location: Public buildings throughout Cambridge


Canine Comforts

This funding will be used to make improvements to the City’s dog parks, including adding a doggy cleaning station and adding molded dog bowls to water fountains.

Estimated Cost: $100,000

Location: Dog parks throughout Cambridge



Traffic Calming via Speedometer Signs

Add twenty five speedometers (Speed Feedback Signs) where traffic calming measures are most needed based on existing traffic data and research.

Estimated Cost: $150,000

Location: Multiple locations


Pedestrian-Controlled Crosswalk Lights

Install 10 new pedestrian-controlled crosswalk lights in high-impact locations.

Estimated Cost: $150,000

Location: Throughout the city


Because Benches Make Life A Little Easier

Fifty additional benches would make public transportation more user-friendly and less stressful. Benches would also make these streets more hospitable for walking, shopping, and socializing for pedestrians of all ages and abilities.

Estimated Cost: $150,000

Location: Major thoroughfares and bus routes


More Bluebike Stations Near Affordable Housing

Install 3 new, Cambridge-owned, Bluebike Stations in neighborhoods that need more affordable and convenient access to bike sharing. This project will support economic inclusivity, helping everyone enjoy the many benefits of bike sharing.

Estimated Cost: $180,000

Location: High-need Locations


Better Bike Parking for Students and Families

Install new covered bike parking at CRLS making biking easier for students and teachers; and also at McCrehan Pool which is popular with families during the summer but lacks enough standard bike racks.

Estimated Cost: $155,000

Location: Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and near McCrehan Pool



Upgrade the Moses Youth Center

Improve the quality and equipment of the Moses Youth Center by adding new furniture, upgrading technology and modernizing sports equipment & supplies.

Estimated Cost: $95,000

Location: Moses Youth Center


My Court – basketball court upgrades

Upgrading Hoyt outdoor basketball court – new flooring, pro basketball hoops (adjustable & single rimmed), coaching equipment & fresh paint.

Estimated Cost: $250,000

Location: Hoyt Field