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John F. Kennedy Memorial Park


Cambridge, MA
 
 

Located on the Charles River near Harvard Square, the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial Park occupies a prime location in the City of Cambridge. Selected by the Metropolitan District Commission as the park’s designer, CRJA-IBI Group worked closely with the MDC, members of the Kennedy family, and neighboring land owners to establish the best possible design solution. Complex site issues such as oil-contaminated soils and drainage problems required sophisticated technical solutions. The finished design emphasizes the park’s relationship to the Charles River Reservation.

A series of gateways, steel picket fences, and plantings create a soft green space for informal recreation. At each gateway, portals display excerpts from JFK’s speeches. The focus of the park is a fountain memorial to President Kennedy, located on axis with a pedestrian link to Harvard University, of which the President was an alumnus.

 

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Client
Department of Conservation and Recreation

Awards
Boston Society of Landscape Architects, 1995 Merit Award

Business Line
Parks & Open Spaces

Region
US Northeast

Contact
Harry Fuller, Principal

 
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