Privately Owned Public Spaces in the Kendall Square MXD District

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Privately owned public spaces (sometimes referred to as POPS) are a type of land area that while privately owned, have been set aside for public benefit through land-use restriction, development agreements or zoning requirements.  

To more widely inform Cambridge residents and visitors of the Privately Owned Public Spaces set aside for their benefit, the CRA details their locations, ownership, hours of operation, amenities, accessibility and legal protection status in the MXD district of the Kendall Square Urban Renewal Area

The map on the right numbers the protected spaces and easements in the MXD district. Additional information about each space including legal protections is provided below. 

For more information on privately owned but publically beneficial spaces in other Cambridge neighborhoods, visit Cambridge's CDD website.


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#1   Galaxy Park

Hours: Open 7 days a week, 1 hour after sunrise and before sunset.

Owner: The CRA and Boston Properties

Maintenance By: Boston Properties

Amenities: 7 curved benches, water fountain

Vegetation: 20 medium trees

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Area: 8,877 square feet

Open Space Covenant: In perpetuity as per the Maintenance and Easement agreement between the CRA and Boston Properties

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#2   Kendall Square Plaza

Hours: Open 7 days a week, 1 hour after sunrise and before sunset.

Owner and Maintenance By: Boston Properties

Amenities: 25 benches, Adirondack chairs, events and programming including live music and a seasonal farmers market

Vegetation: 8 medium trees

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Area: 14,372 square feet (map)

Open Space Covenant: Exp. Aug. 30th, 2112

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#3   Marriott Pedestrian Easement

Hours: Open 7 days a week, 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m

Owner: Boston Properties

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Area: 7,384 square feet, and at a minimum width of 5 feet. (map)

Open Space Covenant: In perpetuity


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#4   Kendall Square Roof Garden

Hours: Open 7 days a week, 1 hour after sunrise and before sunset.

Owner and Maintenance By: Boston Properties

Amenities: 4 chairs, 5 benches, 7 picnic tables, seasonal events and programming including yoga and exercise classes 

Vegetation: 7 small trees

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Area: 25,340 square feet (map)

Open Space Covenant: 2016 CRA Covenant Exp. June 30th, 2115. Covenant with the City of Cambridge Exp. Aug. 5th, 2050

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#5   325 + 355 Main Street Connector Easement

Hours: Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Owner and Maintenance By: Boston Properties

Amenities: Public tables and seating and access to cafes and restaurants and parking garage.

Vegetation: n/a

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Area: 1,410 square feet (map)

Access Easement: In perpetuity - Current Easement & Original Easement

#6   Pioneer Way Easement

Hours: Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Owner and Maintenance By: Boston Properties

Amenities: Public tables and seating and access to cafes, restaurants and parking garage.

Vegetation: n/a

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Area: 12,623 square feet (map)

Access Easement: In perpetuity - West Easement & East Easement


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#7  88 Ames Open Space

Hours: Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Owner and Maintenance By: Boston Properties

Amenities: Under construction

Vegetation: 13 small trees

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Area: 8,445 square feet (map)

Open Space Covenant: In perpetuity

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#8   Broad Pocket Park

Hours: Open 7 days a week, 1 hour after sunrise and before sunset.

Owner and Maintenance By: MIT

Amenities: 3 benches

Vegetation: 4 small and 8 large trees

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Area: 5,022 square feet (map)

Open Space Covenant: Exp. April 15th, 2045

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#9   Whitehead Plaza

Hours: Open 7 days a week, 1 hour after sunrise and before sunset.

Owner and Maintenance By: Whitehead Institute

Amenities: 4 picnic tables & 6 granite block benches

Vegetation: 5 small and 10 large trees

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Area: 10,930 square feet (map)

Open Space Covenant: Exp. Sept. 25th, 2029


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#10   Grand Junction Park Easement

Hours: Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Owner: MIT with an easement held by the CRA

Maintenance: CRA

Amenities: Multi-use bike and pedestrian path

Vegetation: 9 small and 9 large trees

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Area: 9,846 square feet (map)

Open Space Covenant: In perpetuity

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#11  75 Ames Open Space

Hours: Open 7 days a week, 1 hour after sunrise and before sunset.

Owner and Maintenance By: Boston Properties

Amenities: none

Vegetation: 3 medium trees

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Area: 6,867 square feet (map)

Open Space Covenant: Exp. May 23rd, 2051

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#12   Danny Lewin Park

Hours: Open 7 days a week, 1 hour after sunrise and before sunset.

Owner: Boston Properties and Xenia Hotels D.B.A Residence Inn

Maintenance By: Boston Properties

Amenities: 14 benches

Vegetation:14 large trees

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Area: 18,941 square feet (map)

Open Space Covenant: Western and central part of the park Exp. March 11th, 2038, East side of the park Exp. October 29th, 2037


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#13  South Park

Hours: Open 7 days a week, 1 hour after sunrise and before sunset.

Owner and Maintenance By: Boston Properties

Amenities: 4 benches

Vegetation: 23 large trees

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Area: 13,970 square feet (map)

Open Space Covenant: Exp. March 19th, 2030

#14 Galileo Galilei Way to Blue Garage Easement

Hours: Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Owner and Maintenance By: Boston Properties

Amenities: Under construction

Vegetation: Under construction

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Area:  2,526 square feet (map)

Open Space Covenant: In perpetuity

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#15  Binney to Broadway Easements

Hours: Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Owner and Maintenance By: Boston Properties

Amenities: none

Vegetation: none

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Area: 9,875 square feet (map)

Access Easement: In perpetuity


#17 North Park

Hours: Open 7 Days a week, 1 hour after sunrise and before sunset.

Owner and Maintenance By: Boston Properties

Amenities: 4 benches

Vegetation: 16 large trees

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Area: 7,815 square feet (map)

Open Space Covenant: Exp. March 19th, 2030

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#16  Loughrey Walkway to Blue Garage Easement

Hours: Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Owner and Maintenance By: Boston Properties

Amenities: none

Vegetation: 8 small trees

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Area: 6,374 square feet (map)

Open Space Covenant: In perpetuity

Data:

Click here to download the shapefile of the Privately Owned Public Space in the Kendall MXD. (ESPG 102686)

Click here to download the shapefile of Access Easements in the Kendall MXD. (ESPG 102686)