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March 8, 2016

Magazine Beach Goes to the State House

Filed under: Cambridge — Tags: , , — Robert Winters @ 1:57 am

Magazine Beach Goes to the State House: Exhibit & Associated Programs
How do we make decisions about the use of public land?

Location: State House, 4th floor, outside House Chambers
Exhibition dates: March 7-18
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm. (See it after 3pm on Monday.)

Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 9, 12-1pm. 4th floor. Free.

Lunchtime Panel: Saving Our Parks: Effective Partnerships between Government & Community Groups, Wednesday, March 16, 12-1pm. 3rd floor, Room 350. Free. Refreshments at both.

See Magazine Beach – A Place Apart at the Mass. State House, starting this Monday afternoon (March 7). While the exhibition focuses on the forces that have shaped the Cambridge park, it explores the broader question: How do we make decisions about the use of public land?

The show includes a new section, A Revitalized Park, featuring the latest landscape plans and renderings of the park and information about the Powder Magazine and DCR’s Historic Curatorship Program.

On Wednesday, March 16 starting at noon there will be a Lunchtime Panel featuring effective public/private partnerships. Legislators, DCR and three community groups will present case studies of how they have partnered successfully to protect and preserve green open spaces, critical to community well-being.

Projects featured include:

  • Magazine Beach Park in Cambridge, MA, where the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association (CNA) has partnered with the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to study and stabilize the Powder Magazine there and now redesign and improve the western part of the 15-acre park.
  • Upton State Forest in Upton, MA, where the Friends of the Upton State Forest has partnered with DCR, Upton, Preservation Mass. and Upton State Forest user groups to preserve the last remaining Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Mass.
  • Southeastern Massachusetts Coastal Pine Barrens, where the Pine Barrens Partnership (PBP) is networking municipal, state and federal agencies, Native American tribes, environmental organizations and businesses to conserve this globally rare eco-region covering 26 towns and 100,000 acres.

Arrive early to pass through security and to see the exhibit. For further information, go to Questions? Contact Cathie Zusy at or Caitlin Duffy at

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