THE PEOPLE FOR RIVERBEND PARK TRUST
History of Riverbend Park
Over 40 years ago, Isabella Halsted, who lived near the Charles River in Cambridge, had the vision to propose closing Memorial Drive to traffic on Sundays to create a peaceful place in which one could enjoy being by the historic river. Today, people from near and far continue to enjoy the closing of Memorial Drive on weekends between late April and late November. The 2022 Park hours are 8:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
History of The Trust
The People for Riverbend Park Trust was created by Isabella Halsted in 1975. For over 30 years, the Trust, with the help of volunteers, has been planting and caring for shrubs and flowers in Riverbend Park, from Hawthorn Street to the Mt. Auburn Hospital, with special care given to the Sekler playlot. The trust has been headed by Pat Sekler, for whom the playlot is named. The People for Riverbend Park Trust is a non-profit, maintained entirely by volunteers. Since 1990, students from the nearby Shady Hill School have helped plant, rake, weed, and clean the park.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Flowers and plants are planted by volunteers working under Pat Sekler'sdirection throughout the Riverbend Park, with particular attention paid to the Sekler playlot.
Volunteer waterers are needed throughout the spring, summer, and fall to maintain the plants in the Riverbend Park.
The People for Riverbend Park Trust is a non profit organization funded only by donations.
Donations of all sizes are welcomed and appreciated!
Your donations help us buy flowers and plants, and to maintain the Riverbend Park.