PB Cycle 3

PB Cycle 3 Timeline

  • Planning, recruitment of OUTREACH COMMITTEE (May 2016)
  • Community members brainstorm and submit IDEAS (June 1-July 31, 2016)
  • Volunteer Budget Delegates turn ideas into concrete project PROPOSALS (August-November 2016)
  • City staff vet proposals for FEASIBILITY and COST (November 2016)
  • Residents VOTE on which projects they’d like the City to fund (December 3-9, 2016)
  • RESULTS are announced and winning projects are included in the City’s FY16 Capital Budget (December 2016)
  • The City's first PB process is EVALUATED (January-March 2017)
  • Projects are IMPLEMENTED (July, 1 2017 onward)

Idea Collection

To read about all 548 ideas that were submitted during the third PB cycle, please click here.


Proposal Development

From August-November, 55-60 Budget Delegates worked in five committees to research, assess, prioritize, and develop the 548 submitted ideas into the following 20 final proposals for the PB ballot.  

1. Universal Design: Playgrounds for Everyone! ($100,000)
2. Danehy Park: Fitness, Signs, Dog Park & Scoreboards ($140,000)
3. Shade and Wet Weather Canopies for Playgrounds ($146,000)
4. Learn about Nature in the Port ($10,000)
5. Cambridge Street Art Trail ($25,000)
6. All-In-One Mobile Performance Stage & Art Space ($98,000)
7. Lighting Landmarks: CHLS Gate & Sumner Statue ($45,000)
8. Little Free Libraries for Children ($37,000)
9. Bicycle Desks for Cambridge Students ($113,000)
10. Wireless Speakers For Youth Centers ($25,000)
11. Upgrade the Moore Youth Center ($80,000)
12. Free Public WiFi in Columbia Park ($32,000)
13. Kinetic Energy Tiles ($50,000)
14. Solar-Powered Real-Time Bus Tracker Displays ($150,000)
15. Building a Strong and Safe Bike Community ($114,000)
16. Safer Crosswalks for Busy Roads ($104,000)
17. Solar Power Shines! ($260,000)
18. Hydration Stations in Four Locations! ($37,000)
19. Safe Naps for Cambridge Preschoolers! ($4,000)
20. (2-3) Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations ($30,000)

To read about each of them in greater detail, please click here.



From December 3-9, 2016, 4,730 Cambridge residents age 12 and older - regardless of immigration status - voted for up to 5 of their favorite PB projects on the ballot. The following 7 projects won a total of $700,006 in funding:

1. Solar Power Shines! ($260,000)
2. Safer Crosswalks for Busy Roads ($104,000)
3. Solar-Powered Real-Time Bus Tracker Displays ($150,000)
4. Kinetic Energy Tiles ($50,000)
5. Hydration Stations in Four Locations ($37,000)
6. Upgrade the Moore Youth Center ($80,000)
7. Cambridge Street Art Trail ($25,000)


For a complete breakdown of the PB3 voting results, please click here.

Winning projects will be included in the City's FY18 Capital Budget. Implementation will take place during FY18, which runs from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. We'll post updates about project implementation on this page and in our blog, so please stay tuned!

PB3 Evaluation

Marcia Mundt, a public policy doctoral student and research assistant at UMass Boston, completed an independent evaluation of the City's third PB process in January 2017 to try to gage the impact of PB in the community thus far and to identify strengths and challenges in the current PB process.


Many thanks to Marcia for her meticulous work putting this report together and for helping us to improve future PB cycles.


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