Central Hill Park
Activities info: 617-666-0296; Maintenance: 617-625-6600, ext. 5200
With all the buildings that sit beside it, it's easy to overlook Central Hill Park. But this stretch of land on Highland Ave. that runs from the library, past the high school and on to City Hall is not just any green space. Laid out in 1876, Central Hill Park is one the city's two oldest parks (Foss Park was dedicated the same year). Walk its few shaded pathways and you can almost imagine our Victorian forebears strolling along on a Sunday with their top hats and parasols.
Today, it covers over 8 acres including the shaded plaza in front of the library, a playground next door and several grassy expanses. A number of memorials also stand on the grounds: the Civil War Memorial to the Union, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the George Dilboy Memorial, the America Legion Memorial, The Somerville Honor Role memorial to WWII veterans, the Philippine Insurrection and China Relief Memorial, and The Unitarian Church Memorial.
- Hours: Daily, 8am - 10pm
- Handicap Accessible: Yes
- Founding Date: 1876
- Parking: Free lot, On-street: free
- Features: Benches, Picnic tables, Playgrounds
- Features: Jungle gym, Slides, Swings