Friends of Foss Park 219 Broadway, Somerville, MA02145 Friends of Foss Park is a grass-roots community organization dedicated to improving the safety and landscape of…More Somerville's largest park. Friends of Foss Park has worked to revamp the 15-acre recreational space by petitioning local and state officials to clean up the park and to enhance its facilities by installing a turf-surfaced sports field. Friends of Foss Park also participates in and promotes clean-up days and other special events in the park.
Paul Revere Park Broadway & Main St, Somerville, MA02145 This tiny triangle-shaped park is not just where Paul Revere passed by on his famous ride to warn that the…More British were coming. It is also the source of Somerville's own urban myth. People will tell you Paul Revere Park is the smallest national park in the U.S., or even the smallest park in the world. At 0.2 acres, it is in fact the City's smallest park. On its patch of fenced-in grass you'll find a tall evergreen shading a stone marker commemorating Revere's ride. But although President Taft was present at the park's dedication in 1910, the U.S. Park Service does not count the park as one of its own. Then again, maybe they just lost track of it—seeing as how it's so small.
Somerville Traffic and Parking Office 133 Holland St, Somerville, MA02144 After enough time parking on the infuriatingly confusing streets of Somerville you will no doubt find yourself at this…More Traffic and Parking Office. Here you can apply for parking passes, get those bright orange emergency parking sandwich boards which make moving much easier or contest a ticket. Inside expect a post office like situation of a long, slow moving line bunched up before several closed walk-up booths and one open window. Allow more than just a few minutes if you find yourself planning for a morning at the Traffic and Parking Office.
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.
Durell Park 245 Beacon St, Somerville, MA02143 Durell Park is actually a community garden, not a recreational area. Although no playgrounds or sports facilities can be…More found here, this 'pocket park' has several beautiful plots owned by locals. You can contact the city if you are interested in attaining one, but don't plan on walking through the current plots before you buy because the gate is locked.
Walnut Street Park 19 Walnut St, Somerville, MA02143 Walnut Street Park is a local children's favorite and is usually well populated with neighborhood kids by mid-afternoon.…More There's plenty to swing, slide and dangle from as well as ample seating for adults to mingle, eat, and hang out. This is a particularly shady park, a perfect respite for hot summer afternoons.
Kenney Park Highland Ave & Grove St, Somerville, MA02144 Kenney Park is located on the edge of Davis Square just behind the Rosebud Diner at the corner of Highland and Grove. It…More was most recently renovated in the mid-90's and features a large basketball court. Additionally, the park has swings, things to climb on, hang from and slide down. It's occasionally the site for community activites as well; call the phone number below for more information.
Bailey Park 70 Belmont St, Somerville, MA02143 Perched atop Spring Hill between Lowell and Belmont Streets, this simple park offers benches and old shade trees as well…More as a grassy knoll for picnicking or sunbathing. At just about 3/4 of an acre, it's petit but nicely designed with four spokes leading to a central circle of benches. Somerville Hospital is nearby and the park offers its visitors an outdoor respite. On-street parking is free, but by permit.
Zero New Washington Street Dog Park 4 New Washington St, Somerville, MA02143 Zero New Washington, known locally as just Zero, is a safe and convenient outdoor space for dogs to play and socialize.…More Besides long runs, the park also features various obstacles for climbing and exploring and a fountain to keep pups hydrated. Patrons are asked to please respect dog park etiquette.
Head to Draw Seven Park and you'll surely think your directions can't be right. This state-run DCR park is hidden…More behind Assembly Square Mall at the end of pot-hole-ridden Foley St., which you have to follow behind the hulking Central Steel Supply Company and through a train underpass. But once there, you'll find striking urban views of the Mystic River framed by the Amelia Earhart Dam, bridges and distant smoke stacks.
The 9-acre park is popular with the local fishing crowd, and also offers two soccer fields, a picnic shelter and just two benches, which is why you'll see regulars in their own beach chairs. The terminus of the Mystic River Bike Path also runs the length of the park and heads west into Medford (ultimately linking to the Minuteman Bikeway to Bedford).
Named for the old Number Seven railroad drawbridge that once crossed the Mystic here, the park today now abuts the MBTA Orange Line and Commuter Rail tracks. Despite the rumbling trains, the park can feel quite isolated--enough so that graffiti taggers have left their mark here.
Albion Playground 108 Albion St, Somerville, MA02144 This large park has a unique layout -- the playground and basketball courts are separated by a large, elevated expanse…More of grass. The result is park that lends itself to the needs of a diverse community with areas for children, athletes and those just wishing to sit in some green space, walk a dog or throw a ball around. There are picnic tables, water fountains and shady places aplenty, but toddlers should be helped around the sharp concrete steps that are all over this park.
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.
Osgood Park 6 Osgood St, Somerville, MA02143 This colorful park and playground spills over onto two sides of Osgood Street. On the right side, you'll find swings for…More toddlers and big kids, as well as a swing seat for children with special needs. Across the street, a large jungle gym with slides and climbing equipment sits next to a water spray n' play area. Picnic tables and benches ring the larger part of the park. Parents can introduce curious kids to the idea of gardening here as well. The Osgood Community Gardens One and "Too" sit next to the park and kids can peek through the fence at the flower and vegetable beds.