Bay State Smelting was a brownfield and major air polluter, with a long history of OSHA and DEP violations. The site was located in a very low income industrial neighborhood with commuter rail tracks running along the back boundary. Through several phases of the Urban Self-Help Program (now called the PARC Grants), this site has been acquired, demolished, and reused as a flagship park for Somerville. It is adjacent to a Department of Conservation and Recreation skating rink and Conway Park. Through a Memorandum of Understanding between the city and the Metropolitan District Commission (now the Department of Conservation and Recreation), this recreational site has become a model for state, local and citizen cooperation. The combination of the old Conway Park, DCR facility, and the added smelting site makes for an impressive recreational facility.
This information is provided by the Division of Conservation Services