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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, we 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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Department of Conservation and Recreation

Boston Society of Landscape Architects, 1995 Merit Award

Business Line
Parks & Open Spaces

US Northeast

Christopher M. Jones, Associate Director, Office Lead + Principal