Parks and Open Space
The mission of the Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning & Community Development's Parks & Open Space Department is to plan and manage the renovation of existing parks and the development of new parks and open spaces. We work with neighborhood residents and consultants to enhance the built environment and create outdoor spaces for active recreation, relaxation, and environmental health in Somerville. Parks and Open Space is part of OSPCD's Division of Transportation and Infrastructure.
Under Mayor Curtatone, the City has renovated 17 parks and added four new parks increasing the city’s open space inventory by 2.05 acres. (effective Dec 2012). Specific information on these parks can be found in Completed Projects on this page. Information on parks and open spaces currently under construction, can be found in Under Construction.
The City welcomes and encourages community input and involvement. Park community meetings are advertised through social media, in the local newspapers and on City calendars. For more information, or to register a concern with a specific park, please call our 311 Customer Service Line by dialing 311 (or 617-666-3311 outside Somerville).
Park Use Regulations
Park Hours: All city parks are open to the public from 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.
Dogs: For a list of parks that allow dogs off leash and on leash, please see the Responsible Dog Ownership in Somerville Brochure link on the right as listed in the Animal Control Department. This policy does not pertain to service animals used by persons with disabilities which are allowed at all City Parks.
Field Use: The use of some fields requires recreational permits. Please see Recreation & Youth Department.