Foss Park Broadway & McGrath Hwy, Somerville, MA02145
With over 15 acres of open space, Foss Park is Somerville's largest park by far, and it's also one of the two oldest.…More In 1876, it was founded as Broadway Park. Today, its grassy expanse is flanked by busy McGrath Highway and Broadway. It's home to a well-equipped playground, soccer fields, several baseball diamonds, and tennis and basketball courts, as well as a DCR swimming pool and spray pool that offer free admission. An annual Foss Fest summer concert is held, as are yearly community clean-ups.
In 2002, the Friends of Foss Park formed to address neighborhood concerns about park conditions. In the years since, improvements made include landscaping, solar trash compactors, sidewalk repairs and new flower beds, as well as stepped up pool and tree care. In 2008, the state approved $2 million in funds to renovate the park, but the money has yet to be allocated by the Governor. One item on the renovation wish list: the creation of state-of-the-art multi-use playing fields.
The park is owned by the state's Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Corbett Park Munroe St & Prospect Hill Ave, Somerville, MA02143 Corbett McKenna Park is the perfect next door companion to Prospect Hill Park, which is delightfully tranquil and allows…More dogs. Corbett, which is right at the corner of Prospect Hill Ave and Munroe St, is better suited for kids that need room to run, shout and play, and dogs are not permitted. Between the neighboring properties there's something for everyone, and Corbett has a basketball court.
Pearl Street Park Management 240 Pearl St, Somerville, MA02145 Located on the first floor of the Pearl Street Park apartment block, this office deals exclusively with units inside…More that building. Specializing in rental properties for elderly or disabled individuals looking for independent living, this office has been helping future residents since 1980. earl Street Park Management has a wide selection of Section 8 options as well, and agent Michele can present possible renters with a catalogue of options.
Quincy Street Park 17 Quincy St, Somerville, MA02143 Set on Quincy Street on the former lot of a house, this pint-sized park offers a bit of green for nearby residents.…More It lacks formal landscaping and structures. But shade trees do edge the sides of the lot, which has one picnic table, some patio furniture and a flower bed maintained by neighbors. A chain-link fence runs along the front. In 2010, the City began plans to redesign and renovate the park.
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.
In a way, Nathan Tufts Park all began with a windmill. In the early 1700s, French immigrant Jean Maillet built a…More windmill atop a hill in what is now Somerville. He couldn't have known that the 30-foot-tall stone structure would one day play a role in the American Revolution—or that two centuries later, it would become Somerville's most prominent landmark and the crowing feature of a park.
After Maillet stopped milling grain, colonists began storing gunpowder within the mill's thick stone walls. When the British raided the cache in 1774, the colonists were so enraged that historians consider the event a trigger of the revolution. After the war, a farming family named Tufts purchased the land and in 1892 gave it (and the mill/powder house) to the city. A park was created and named for Tufts family member Nathan Tufts.
Today, the park retains the graceful curving paths and stately landscaping intended by the original designers. (One path follows an old carriageway.) Used mostly for passive recreation—walking, playing quietly, and relaxing—it offers a peaceful respite from busy Powder House Square. Others make use of the small basketball court. A stone field house, built during the Great Depression as part of the WPA (Work Project Administration) Project is now used for youth programs and community meetings. And not only is the park on the National Register of Historic Places, the powder house is pictured on the Somerville city seal.
Fun fact: The powder house has stored more than gunpowder. In the 1800s, a pickle maker found it to be the perfect, cool place for storing his "Old Powder House" brand pickles. For a wonderful brochure on the park filled with similar fun facts, click here.
Grimmons Playground 120 Governor Winthrop Rd, Somerville, MA02145 The official park of the nearby Charles A. Grimmons School, this recently renovated, child-friendly park is also open to…More the public. Its redesign includes the original stone arch of the Grimmons School.
Cambridge Auto Sales 75 Park St, Somerville, MA02143 Cambridge Auto Sales is the sales office related to Dodakin's on Beacon Street -- the office is right around the corner…More on Park Street. The dealership, in business since the mid-1940s, sells used cars, offers financing and features specials.
Marshall Street Playground Marshall St & Mortimer Pl, Somerville, MA02145 Built on the former Bartlett Estate, this public park is great for children, with its jungle gym, swings and other play…More equipment. It has a picnic area for family picnics. And, if you are just looking for a quiet place to relax and enjoy your day, you can park it on a bench here.
M & M Convenience 4 Main St, Somerville, MA02145 This convenience store is located at the peak of Winter Hill, looking down into the city. It stocks lotto tickets and…More cigarettes, along with cold drinks and a few grocery items. Thanks to its location just beyond the Main Street/Broadway split, metered parking is readily available, mercifully lessening the need for any double-parked snack runs.
111 South Street Park 111 South St, Somerville, MA02143 More of a memorial than an actual park, this is a delighfully quiet little nook off South Street that's perfect for an…More outdoor lunch or a few moments of solitude during the workday.
With all the buildings that sit beside it, it's easy to overlook Central Hill Park. But this stretch of land on…More 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.
Swings, slides and all manner of climbing fun await at this well-planned park, which also offers plenty of black-top…More space, two soccer fields, a basketball court and shaded seating.
The playground sets an example for thoughtful planning. It's designed to make independent play easy for children in wheelchairs. The jungle gym area leaves wide open paths for easy access and transfer, and one picnic table also leave space for a wheelchair to scoot up.
The park sits between the Capuano Early Childhood Education Center and the Glen Community Garden.
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?
North Street/Veterans Playground 14 North St, Somerville, MA02144 This local public park is located nearby the Veteran's Cemetery. It offers a playground, in addition to two…More half-basketball courts, hopscotch courts, and rest areas.
Stone Place Park 38 Stone Ave, Somerville, MA02143 Few are likely to stumble upon this hidden little gem of a park. Set behind Union Square Plaza and tucked beside the…More homes on Homer Square, this .12-acre green space is mostly out of view to passersby. But wander in and you'll find an oval of lush grass partially ringed by a pretty stone wall. A short pathway is dotted by cherry red benches and a drinking fountain. No dogs are allowed, but kicking back at this unexpected urban oasis certainly is.
Dunkin' Donuts 509 Broadway, Somerville, MA02145 If someone told you they had never heard of Dunkin' Donuts, you'd probably ask what planet they were from. The 504…More Broadway location features everything you'd expect from the world's largest coffee and baked goods chain, including donuts, bagels, sandwiches, cold drinks and, of course, the coffee you crave. Park for free in the lot out front or pay to park in the metered lot next door.
Shade trees, a bounty of benches, and some creative play equipment for the kids can be found at this pretty urban…More oasis—for both people and dogs. While bipeds can walk the two gracefully designed paths lined by over 60 trees, dogs can run free in the adjacent off-leash play area. And if anyone get's thirsty, the water fountain has a spout higher up for humans and a water bowl for canines below.
Built in 2008 with the help of an Urban Self Help Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation Services, this park is a shining example of the City's recent efforts to green up Somerville. Though just about the size of one square block, you can plop down on a bench here and lose yourself in nature.
The park is named for former Somerville resident Edward L. Leathers, an Army Pfc. and WWII veteran.