SomerPlay 2013

SomerPlay is an initiative of the Mayor’s Office that has as its goal increasing the amount of free play among Somerville kids and strengthening relationships among neighbors of all ages. For more information and background on the initiative, which grew out of brainstorming during a visit from Playborhood author Mike Lanza, please watch a video of the meeting, see slides from the meeting, or read meeting take-aways. Multiple copies of the Playborhood book are also available at the library.
As part of SomerPlay, residents from throughout Somerville are organizing SomerPlay Zones. In most cases, they are closing down streets for biking, BBQing, and hanging out. At the end of the summer, we will debrief about what went well, what can be improved, and how we can use our limited public spaces in creative, community-building ways. Find the closest SomerPlay Zone to you and join in the fun! Contact Stephanie Hirsch,, 617-625-6600 ext. 2340 for more information.
Below is  list of the SomerPlay zones and activities:
Hooker Ave Block Party, 6/29: There will be fun and games, light refreshments, and a clown show for the kids. All are welcome! Sunday, Jun e29th at 3:30 p.m. Contact: Laura Beretsky,

Josephine Ave SomerPlay Zone, Sunday afternoons: One block of Josephine Ave closed for biking, potlucks, games, etc., Closures will alternate between Broadway and Kidder (7/7, 7/21, 8/4, 8/18, 9/1), and Broadway and Morrison (6/30, 7/14, 7/28, 8/11, 8/25),1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Contact: Juliette Rooney Varga,

Highland Road Somerplay Zone, Monthly on Sundays: Games, potlucks, activities on the street on 6/30, 7/28, 9/1, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Contact: Jennifer Wood,

Prospect Hill SomerPlay, Sunday afternoon/evenings: Games, activities, potlucks, etc. on 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Contact: Becky Masterson Wong,

Growing Center SomerPlay, 7/7 and 8/11: On 7/7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Come join us for a free, fun family event in the garden. We will play with hula hoops (maybe even race with them!), and have a variety of fun old timey games to play.  On 8/11, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Come see what is in the garden! What will you see, hear, touch and smell? Insects? Bats? Bees? The night sky? Vegetables? Flowers?

Lexington Park SomerPlay Day, 7/21: Games, potluck, and activities in Lexington Park and on Community Path, 7/21/13 (rain date 7/20/13), 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m, Contact: Abbey Eisenhower,

Great Urban Campout, 7/12: Families are invited to tent on Lincoln Park Soccer fields, from  2:00 p.m. Friday (7/12/13) until noon Saturday. Contact: Stephanie Hirsch,

Madison Street Block Party, 7/27: A block party and street fair on Madison street, 7/27/13, 11 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Contact:  Lauren Bell,

Linden Ave Block Party, 7/28: Neighborhood potluck with music (possibly live) and games for children. Linden Ave, between Elm Street and Summer Street, 7/28/13, 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Contact: Maggie Pollock,

Outside on Oxford, 9/14: One block closure to promote play, getting neighbors together, and enjoying the outdoors.  Oxford Street, between School Street and Trull Lane on 7/20, 8/17, and 9/14, 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. The first two events (7/20 and 8/17) are mainly for neighbors, while the last event, 9/14, is open to participants from throughout the city. Contact: Anton Tutter,

Fremont Ave End-of-Summer Party, 9/1: Games, potluck, etc on Fremont Ave, 9/1, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., Contact: Stephanie Hirsch,

Subpages (2): Reflections Zone Map