In 2006, a $7.7 million renovation of Dilboy Stadium transformed this once forlorn state-owned facility into a…More recreational showpiece. Football, soccer and track teams now compete in the gleaming 3,000-seat stadium on an immaculate turf field and an eight-lane international-standard track.
Meanwhile outside, you'll find the state-run DCR swimming pool, two baseball fields also used for soccer and football, two tennis courts, basketball courts, a playground and two free parking lots. All this comes wrapped up in Alewife Brook Reservation which runs alongside the area. Good to know: Pool admission, as at all Department of Conservation and Recreation pools, is free.
The Somerville chapter of Kiwanis, a global volunteer organization, was founded in 1925. It has teamed up with the…More YMCA, Somerville Pop Warner Football and the Somerville Council on Aging on volunteer projects.
While the formal office is located on Broadway Street, meetings are usually held at Mt. Vernon, a restaurant down the road.
Greek American Social Construction Club 79 Bow St, Somerville, MA02143 Owner Michael Pergantis established this social club in 2010 to allow Greek-Americans (or, as he points out "anyone at…More all!") to come in and have a Greek coffee, watch some European football, or play cards. Lots of seating, a full kitchen, stacks of Greek newspapers and a few TVs can all be found at Mr. Pergantis' club, along with his hearty smile and the promise of a thick cup of coffee.
On the Hill Tavern 499 Broadway, Somerville, MA02145 This sprawling, multilevel sports bar attracts drinkers and diners alike with a full bar and the restaurant's popular…More steak tips. The owners grew up in the area, and the tavern sports the banners of several local flag football and softball teams. Pool tables, arcade games, darts and a several flat-screen TV's fill up the space. Pitchers of beer and Wi-Fi are available, a lethal combination that ensures you won't be leaving On the Hill for a while.
Established in 1900 at the peak of Somerville's turn-of-the-century population boom, Lincoln Park is one of the…More city's oldest public green spaces. It's also one of the largest. Today, the spacious grounds offer newly upgraded soccer/football fields, several basketball courts and two baseball diamonds, as well as plenty of benches, shade trees and a well-equipped playground.
This venerable park is held so dearly in the hearts of many long-time residents that it has its own Facebook page for reminiscing.
Fun fact: When it was built in 1900, it cost just $15,000 to create the park.
Somerville Recreation and Youth Commission 19 Walnut St, Somerville, MA02143 The Recreation and Youth Commission hosts sports programs and activities for children and adults year-round, making use…More of the city's various indoor and outdoor recreation facilities. The Commission also strives to raise community awareness among the city's youth and to engage them in healthy activities. Programs include youth basketball (ages 7 - 14), tennis (ages 6 - 10), indoor soccer, men's flag football, men's softball, co-ed volleyball, a Tot-Time program (ages 3 - 4) and more. Call the Commission at 617-629-1900 for information on weather cancellations.
Conway Park Somerville Ave & Central St, Somerville, MA02143
The city's flagship park, this cheery outdoor space boasts two basketball courts, an outdoor street hockey rink, two…More lush baseball fields also used for soccer and football, and an extra-large tot lot featuring the city's only super-high slide. But wait there's more. A water play area, plenty of picnic tables and shaded seating as well as a fascinating outdoor museum that serves up city facts and history on colorful, giant lollipop-shaped signs round out the fun. You'd never know the beautiful 4.5-acre site was a former brownfield that the city reclaimed after a smelting company spent 50 years polluting it.
Other highlights include a park house with bathrooms, a state-run DCR indoor skating rink in the center of the property, and a free parking lot (on Bleachery Court). And no resident should miss out on the fun facts on the storytelling path. Did you know, for instance, that Mary of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" lived in Somerville?
Yes, Fido can run free in Somerville, at one of two off-leash dog parks. Established in 2006, Nunziato Dog Park at…More Nunziato Field was the first of the two (the other is at Ed Leathers Community Park). A fenced in area with a gravel surface means no worries about tearing up turf. Dog walkers and owners alike gather on the benches under the shade trees to shoot the breeze while their canine buddies have a yapping good time in group play. There's plenty of room for playing catch. All the City asks is that you bring your trusty plastic bag (a.k.a. a Fido Fun Bag), so you can clean up any, ahem, memories.
Meanwhile, next door at Nunziato Field, humans have a place where they too can run free. This grassy expanse offers a sunny space for picnicking or casual games of soccer, touch football, Frisbee and such. Shaded picnic tables offer seating.
Somerville High School's over 1,300 students are offered an education that sets high standards for both college prep…More academics and vocational training. Roughly 71% of 2010 graduates planned to go on to college, and advanced placement classes, computer and science labs, and the use of cutting-edge teaching technologies helped prepare them. Another 7 percent went on to trade school or other post-secondary professional training, bringing the total number of students who continued their studies to 78 percent.
Meanwhile 15 percent of 2010 graduates went directly to work, many prepared for careers by the school’s fifteen vocational programs, which offer up-to-date, hands-on job training as well as coursework in business skills to students studying for careers in fields such as automotive technology, child development, graphic design, cosmetology, health and carpentry. Culinary arts students operate an on-site restaurant, the Highlander Cafe, open to the public.
Languages taught include Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian (all also offered as honors classes). Extracurricular offerings are extensive running from academic groups such as the Math Club or Science League to arts, drama, music, social issue and cultural clubs. Likewise, sports activities are numerous and, to name just a few, include football, cheerleading, ice hockey, golf and ultimate Frisbee.
The track, cross country and cheerleading teams are highly successful competitors, with cheerleading winning national titles in 2003 and 2007. Annual events include the school musical and the Multicultural Fair, which celebrates the school's pride in its very diverse student population (47 languages were spoken by the student body at last count).
In existence in one form or another since 1852 (and originally housed at today's City Hall), the sprawling campus includes early 20th century buildings as well as the vocational complex and gymnasium added in the mid 1980s. The grounds abut Central Hill Park, and sports teams practice at Dilboy and Trum Fields.