Open Spaces - Cambridge Crossing

The Common at CX

  • 5 acres of room to breathe, marked with a large water garden, winding walkways, and open grassy areas perfect for community events and more. Give your imagination plenty of space to wander and ponder in our largest outdoor space. It’s also where we host events, fitness classes, art exhibits, and more.

Baldwin Courtyard

  • Adjacent to 222 Jacobs Street, explore our hardscape open space, with plenty of seating available to relax as well as a space for fitness, events, and more.
  • Named after Maria Louise Baldwin (1856-1922), born and raised in Cambridge, the former principal of the Agassiz school of Cambridge, and co-founder of the Women’s Era Club, an African American civil rights entity. Baldwin also served as president of the League of Women for Community Service during World War I.

The Rivas Picnic Grove

  • Whether homemade, cook-out, or take-out, we have plenty of picnic tables available to enjoy, in addition to fixed barbecue grills and a bocce court.
  • Named after Magdalena Rivas, originally from San Salvador, Rivas was forced to her flee her home in 1984 to escape violence by the Salvadoran government. She relocated to Mexico and took the name "Estela Ramirez" and found refuge at the Old Cambridge Baptist Church. Rivas became an influential member for Cambridge's “Sanctuary city” status in 1985 and has courageously shared her story with the Cambridge community.

Dawes Field

  • The perfect spot for a pickup soccer game or workout of your choice! Enjoy our turf half soccer field to meet up with friends or break a sweat with our work out equipment available for use.
  • Named after William Dawes (1745 – 1799), a Boston resident and commissioned 2nd Major in the Boston militia regiment, who is best known as one of several men, including Paul Revere, that in April 1775, alerted colonial minutemen in Massachusetts to the approach of British army troops at the outset of the American Revolution.

Earhart Square

  • Enjoy a quiet open space tucked away with room to breath.
  • Named after Amelia Mary Earhart (1897 – 1939), a Medford resident, who was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, the first woman to fly across the American continent, and the first person to fly from Hawaii to California. On July 2, 1937, Earhart’s plane tragically went missing. Thanks to her tireless efforts, Earhart improved public acceptance of aviation and paved the way for women in commercial flight.

Scott Station Plaza

  • Upon arrival or departure at the new MBTA Green Line Lechmere Station, rest your feet, enjoy community events, stop by the Kittie Knox Cycle Center, and learn more about CX.
  • Named after Alberta Virginia Scott (1875-1902), a Cambridge resident who graduated from the Cambridge Latin School with distinction in 1894. Scott enrolled in Radcliffe College and, in 1898, became the first African American woman to graduate in the institution’s history and the fourth African American to graduate from a women’s college in Massachusetts. After graduating, Scott felt it was her duty as an educated African American woman in New England to share her advantages with other Black students and began teaching at various schools.

Kittie Knox Cycle Center

  • The Kittie Knox Cycle Center is a bicycle center open to the public offering a bike tune up station, a shower, restrooms, changing rooms, and lockers. This new space is easily accessible encouraging alternative transportation and making cycling an easy option.
  • Named after Katherine "Kittie" Knox (October 7, 1874 – October 11, 1900). Knox was a bicycle racer and the first African American to be accepted into the League of American Wheelmen (LAW). She joined LAW in 1893 at a time when few women were members. The organization changed their constitution to only allow white members in 1894. In 1895 the organization clarified that constitutional changes are not retroactive and Knox's membership in the group was no longer questioned. Knox persisted in racing despite sometimes being denied access to races as well as service by restaurants and hotels while traveling. She was a strong rider, participating in and completing several century rides.

The Dog Run at Child St. Plaza

  • Give your bestie the exercise they need, while you and the rest of the doggy parents socialize.
  • Located on Child Street, which is named after Julia Carolyn Child (1912-2004). Child was a cooking professional, television personality, and longtime Cambridge resident. She moved to Irving Street in Cambridge in 1961, where she began filming her famous TV Series The French Chef.

Event Plaza

  • Located by one of the many entrances into the CX neighborhood, the Event Plaza is a place for community events, MBTA bike storage, and access to the Lechmere MBTA Station.

Event Lawn

  • COMING SOON! Gather on the event lawn for free outdoor events, enjoy music, movies, a water feature, play area, and more!

Murphy Staircase

  • The Murphy staircase is a connection to CX from Charlestown, Boston, and beyond and a form of public art located at CX.
  • Named after Brian Patrick Murphy (1965-2015), a Cambridge resident and Assistant City Manager for Community Development, who served as City Council member for seven years and as the Deputy Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation