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Lechmere Canal Park


Cambridge, MA
 
 

Lechmere Canal Park is a 7.5-acre public space surrounding a reclaimed industrial canal. As prime consultant to the City of Cambridge, CRJA-IBI Group was responsible for canal and landscape design, construction documents, and site supervision of the award winning park. The firm also handled site planning and the coordination of landscape design with adjacent developments and prepared detailed urban design guidelines for developers whose property abuts the Lechmere Canal.

The historical importance of the Lechmere Canal area as a center for 19th-century industry is echoed by original details, imagery, and artifacts in an otherwise contemporary design theme. The park creates a colorful and lively focus supporting new places for people to shop, live, and work, as well as a new association between the City of Cambridge and its riverfront.

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Client
City of Cambridge, MA

Size
7.5 acres

Awards
American Society of Landscape Architects, 1989 Merit Award; Award for Excellence to the City of Cambridge, MA, 1988, from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, National Park Service

Boston Society of Landscape Architects, 1988 Merit Award

Waterfront Center, Washington, DC, 1989 Honor Award

Business Line
Commercial / Mixed-Use; Parks & Open Spaces; Waterfronts

Region
US Northeast

Contact
Harry Fuller, Principal

 
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