SUGi
USA

Cambridge, MA, USA

Danehy Park Forest

A forest on a former landfill in Cambridge

Parks
Land Forest
Miyawaki Method
Urban

Danehy Park is a 50 acre recreational facility built on the site of the former city landfill.

The landfill was closed to active dumping in the early 1970s. The city subsequently reclaimed what would have been a waste land and turned it into a community resource.

At Danehy Park city residents can enjoy softball, soccer, biking, jogging and nature study.

Forest Maker Ethan Bryson

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1,400

TREES

4,300

SQUARE FEET

32

NATIVE SPECIES

dirt field in the shape of a circle
The land, prepped and ready for planting to begin.
circle of trees
Danehy Park Forest, just after being planted.

“I’m thrilled to be creating a Miyawaki forest for the Cambridge community to experience and learn about native plants. Nurturing an awareness of native plants can build a brighter future and sense of inclusiveness as one realizes that diversity is critical for a healthy ecosystem.”

Ethan Bryson, SUGi Forest Maker

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Marylee Smunitee Jones leads a Yakama blessing before the forest planting begins.

This first Miyawaki Forest for the Cambridge community is an important local example of the ecosystem restoration we see as essential to cooling the planet. We hope to bring the benefits of nature closer to more schools, parks and hot spots in the city to make neighborhoods more resilient. Cambridge has an urban master plan and Danehy Park Forest is a key approach to increase biodiversity, native species planting, tree survival, and community involvement.

Paula Phipps, Associate Director Biodiversity for a Livable Climate

people plant tree saplings in dirt
Volunteers work to plant thirty-two native species of plants on four hundred sq m of land.
circle of trees and sunlight
The newly planted Miyawaki forest at Danehy Park.
park with green grass, trees and a building
Danehy Park, before the Miyawaki forest was planted.

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