Cool Cambridge: What We Love About Mayor Danehy Park
When the weather’s nice in Cambridge, getting outside and experiencing fresh air is one of our favorite things to do. Our ability (along with our furry friends) to have access to such to beautiful parks and recreational areas in Cambridge is an amazing bonus to all the other great things you can do with your dog in our neighborhood.
We wanted to highlight Mayor Danehy Park in this edition of Cool Cambridge, because it is quite the cool and expansive park filled with opportunities for many different types of play.
First, a quick history…
If you didn’t know, Danehy Park was built on the site of a former city landfill. Luckily for us, the landfill was closed to active dumping in the early 1970s; the city subsequently reclaimed the wasteland; and they turned it into a lush community resource. Score one for Cambridge parks!
All The Details
Danehy Park sits on 50 acres of land, so there is just about everything you could ever want in a local Cambridge park. The first thing to point out: lots of free parking!
A huge dog park is situated here that features frisbees, balls, and extra baggies just in case you forget. After they are done running around, snap the leash on them and take them on a cool-down walk on the various paths that meander through the park.
The next thing we love is the huge array of sports courts. There’s everything from baseball diamonds to basketball courts, to a full-on track and football field. This is also a fantastic park to jog and bike. However, let’s not forget about the relaxing.
Huge grassy areas become your picnic venues where tables and BBQ pits are close by. So, kick back while kids play on one of two playgrounds or splash around in the water park feature.
Last But Not Least
We did not want to leave out the wildlife. The expansive park allows for a number of different animals and birds to make this their home as well. Spotting a bunny or two in addition to goldfinches and cardinals are not uncommon. This park is truly a haven right here in Cambridge.
We’d love to hear your thoughts about Mayor Danehy Park or perhaps another park we should feature. Let us know in the comments or on Twitter at @ChromaCambridge!