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City Council Office
 Policy Order Resolution
  O-1
  IN CITY COUNCIL
  May 21, 2012
COUNCILLOR TOOMEY
COUNCILLOR CHEUNG
MAYOR DAVIS
COUNCILLOR DECKER
COUNCILLOR KELLEY
COUNCILLOR MAHER
COUNCILLOR REEVES
VICE MAYOR SIMMONS
COUNCILLOR VANBEUZEKOM

WHEREAS: The Northpoint Park operated by the Department of Conservation and Recreation has quickly become a jewel in the Charles River park system and a much welcomed addition to the Cambridge neighborhood; and
    
WHEREAS:

A number of improvements to the Lower Charles River Basin, including Northpoint Park, are legal obligations and mitigation for the negative impacts of the Big Dig; and 

    
WHEREAS: The complete vision for the area includes a bridge and park system that allows pedestrians and bicyclists unimpeded access to the Lower Charles Basin and creates new connections that will benefit the Cambridge and Boston communities; and 
    
WHEREAS: With the newly constructed North Bank Bridge, another of these obligations, the State has created a new connection spanning the railroad tracks and linking the Charlestown and Cambridge communities; and 
    
WHEREAS: The Inlet Bridge, is a bridge that would improve access to the park and Lower Charles River Basin from the Cambridge side of the river; and 
 
WHEREAS: The Inlet Bridge is a pedestrian connection that would span the Charles River and connect Northpoint Park to Monsignor O'Brien near the Museum of Science; and 
    
WHEREAS: It has come to the attention of the City Council that the legal obligation to construct the Inlet Bridge is being disputed by state agencies; and 
    

WHEREAS:

Mitigation promised to the citizens of Cambridge by the Commonwealth should be upheld; now therefore be it 
     

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Law Department and report back to the City Council on the current status of the Inlet Bridge and steps the City can take to ensure that agreements with the Commonwealth are upheld.
    

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