As the Beatles once sang, here comes the sun. Smiling faces have returned to Memorial Drive. The route between Western Avenue and Gerry’s Landing Road, known as Riverbend Park, is now closed to vehicles during designated hours on weekends through Nov. 8. Joggers, walkers, cyclists, and skateboarders are out again in force, as bright skies, climbing temperatures, and budding trees set the tone for a break from the pandemic doldrums. People are moving easily, with social distancing built in. Dogs and even a cat on a leash, kids in tow or on tandem bikes, friends, families, and solitary striders all glide along. It’s a collective display of joy and relief at being safely outside with one another, with gratitude. With the spring comes hope, and a feeling that maybe, with a little help from our friends, we’ll return to some semblance of normalcy. Together we take a communal breath of fresh air.
Devin Srivastava ’21 (from left), Brooks Lambert, Nam Hyun Kim ’21, and Ruth Jaensubhakij ’22 gather for a relaxing picnic.
Cyclists were out in force on Memorial Drive, including Daniela Diaz ’23 (left) and classmate Kilando Chambers ’23, and families like a mother and daughter pair on a tandem bike.
Cambridge resident Amy Rugel soaks up some sun by a row of daffodils at the Anderson Memorial Bridge leading into Harvard Square. “I came over here by the bridge because there’s a guy over there playing his music, dancing around by himself, and I just like hearing music outside, so this makes the day even more special.” Melissa Moore, a teacher at the Winter Hill School in Somerville, relaxes in her hammock on the lawn next to Memorial Drive. “I get in my hammock on a beautiful day like this and just read. It’s so peaceful and relaxing,” she says.