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Park Sales Bike Shop
510 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143
This traditional family-owned and operated bike shop has a distinctive Penny-farthing bike displayed outside. Inside,More the store is packed wall-to-wall with ten-speed, BMX and mountain bikes. A wide range of hockey equipment and accessories (including new and used skates) is also available. The store also provides skate sharpening and key making services.
Veterans Memorial Skating Rink
570 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

The City of Somerville took over administration of this state-owned ice rink in fall 2010, and immediately introducedMore more public skate times and programs including hockey lessons and league play for both youths and adults. The rink sits in the middle of Conway Park on Somerville Avenue. 

Public skating is free and as of 1/2/11, skate rentals were just $6. A snack bar is open daily and an on-site pro shop offers skate sharpening.

FUN TIP: The rink hosts birthday parties as well.

Conway Park
Somerville Ave & Central St, Somerville, MA 02143

The city's flagship park, this cheery outdoor space boasts two basketball courts, an outdoor street hockey rink, twoMore 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?

Somerville High School
81 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

Somerville High School's over 1,300 students are offered an education that sets high standards for both college prepMore 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.