Somerville OSPCD Parks & Open Space Division 93 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA02143 Our 4.1 square mile city may be the most densely populated city in New England, but we've still managed to squeeze in…More over 60 parks, sports fields, community gardens and playgrounds—and over 50 of them are managed by this division. They work with the Departments of Recreation, Public Works, Sustainability and Environment and Capital Projects to develop new green spaces and renovate and maintain existing ones. They also manage tree planting along our streets. Their Conservation Commission works to protect the city's green spaces and shorelines and also oversees the city's community gardens. To stay up to date on their many plans and initiatives, visit their web page.
Let's just say that without the DPW, life in Somerville would be a very frustrating thing. The DPW functions like a…More maintenance department for the entire city. Among other tasks, they maintain our parks, streets and streetlights. They also handle trash and recycling pickup, maintain our public buildings including the schools and fix potholes. So, no, they can't leap over a building in a single bound, but they can keep a city's worth of buildings running.
Recycling bins and appliance disposal permits are available at their customer service counter in the DPW building on Franey Road. Residents can sign up for street sweeping alerts on their web page (click Frequently Asked Questions). Many questions regarding water bills and all manner of waste disposal (hazardous, yard waste, batteries, etc.) are also answered on their web page.
This department works on over a dozen different critical fronts to keep residents safe and healthy. Vaccine…More distribution, emergency preparedness (including for bioterrorism disasters) and public health education are just a few of their responsibilities. They address these issues partly through the work of programs and commissions. They include:
Public Health Nursing: Coordinates flu vaccine clinics and disease investigations, assists in Emergency Preparedness planning, and runs the Medical Reserve Corps, which trains volunteers to assist with health emergencies and disaster response.
School Health Services: Coordinates school nurse services including health care, health education and health screening for students.
Shape Up Somerville: Works to improve resident's health and eating habits through education, changes to school food service and food access, and city improvements, such as improved crosswalks that make walking safer.
Tobacco Control Program: Works to prevent youth smoking and overall second-hand smoke exposure through educational outreach, community organizing and regulation and monitoring of tobacco sales and use.
Trauma Response Network: Trains professionals who work with youths, as well as city volunteers, in proper techniques for responding to traumas affecting youths.
LGBT Liaison: Conducts outreach to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Human Rights Commission: Works to promote and protect human and civil rights of all residents via educational outreach and through investigation of discrimination or harassment complaints, which may be filed via their web page.
Multicultural Affairs Commission: Examines and addresses interracial and multicultural issues in the city and works to ensure all groups are equally represented and have equal access to City resources.
Women's Commission: Addresses a broad range of issues affecting women including violence against women and work inequalities, and seeks to empower women residents via educational programs.
Head down Highland Ave. and you can't miss City Hall, which sits atop Central Hill next to Somerville High School.…More Built in 1851 as the city's first high school, the building has housed city government since 1871. Today, the majority of City offices are still at City Hall. But in a city of over 74,000, one building can't hold them all. So another dozen City offices occupy City Hall Annex on Evergreen St., a handful are at the Department of Public Works building on Franey Road, and a few are at other locations in the city.
Offices located at City Hall include:
Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD)