- Department of Conservation & Recreation
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Completion of $2.5 Million Foss Park Field Renovation Project
Carolyn Assa, Communications Director
SOMERVILLE — On Friday, December 17, 2021, the Baker-Polito Administration announced
the completion of a $2.5 million field renovation project at the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Foss Park in the City of Somerville. To celebrate the completion of the project, DCR Acting Commissioner Stephanie Cooper joined Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Senator Patricia Jehlen, Representative Christine Barber, and Representative Mike Connolly for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the popular park.
“Since coming into office, the Baker-Polito Administration has taken significant steps to
enhance, protect, and promote the Commonwealth’s natural, recreational, and cultural resources for both visitors and residents to enjoy,” said DCR Acting Commissioner Stephanie Cooper. “By partnering with state and local officials, members of the community, and key stakeholders, the Department of Conservation and Recreation was able to complete major renovations to the field at Foss Park, delivering a modern, fun recreational asset for children and families in the City to enjoy.”
Components of the $2.5 million renovation project at Foss Park include:
• Addition of a Brockfill System
o Organic, sustainably sourced alternative harvested from designated tree farms;
o Highly rated for safety, performance, and durability;
• New field lighting, pathways, shade pavilion;
• Four foot fence perimeter (gated & unlocked) to prevent dog access and control balls,
• The use of sand for the field fill – a natural material that also provides better water
• The installation of a 17mm Shock Pad – designed to help mitigate injuries, it is also
permeable, which will also aid in water infiltration;
• The reorientation of the field to reduce the number of trees removed – from 8 total trees
to 6, and notably oak trees reduced from 5 to 1; and,
• The planting of new trees at a 2:1 ratio.
“I want to thank DCR for their partnership and work on Foss Park,” said Mayor Joseph A.
Curtatone. “Foss Park is an extremely popular outdoor space, especially for the East Somerville Community. Making investments here ensures this park will be available for residents for many years to come.”
"It is great to see Foss Park field brought back from a dust bowl, and now to see the renovation of the pool underway! Foss Park is a community treasure, and so many people enjoy it in all seasons. Thanks to everyone who advocated, collaborated, planned, and constructed the new field - and all the taxpayers who paid for it,” said Senator Patricia D. Jehlen (D-Somerville). “I'm glad the Blakeley Street crossing is now accessible and safer. This shows what we can do together, so what's next? Not just at Foss Park but at Draw Seven and at all the wonderful DCR spaces."
“I am glad to see the improvements that DCR has made in our community to expand and
preserve open space. I look forward to partnering with DCR on additional projects to ensure the park remains usable for all,” said Representative Christine Barber (D-Somerville). “Thank you!”
“I am delighted to welcome Acting Commissioner Cooper to the 26th Middlesex District to
celebrate the state’s recent investment in a new, multi-sport athletic field at Foss Park. For years, we've heard from constituents, particularly parents, coaches, and young athletes, about the terrible 'dust bowl' conditions on the Foss Park playing field,” said Representative Mike Connolly (D-Cambridge). “The recent improvements, including the addition of permanent lighting and drainage upgrades, will go a long way toward addressing the needs of our community. We look forward to continuing to work with DCR at Foss and on improvements to the Latta Brothers Memorial Swimming Pool and on plans for the new, living shoreline at the nearby Draw Seven Park.”
DCR’s Foss Park is the second largest public park in the City of Somerville, making up a little over eight percent of the total open space within the municipality. The popular park includes two softball fields, a little league baseball field, two tennis courts, a basketball court, the Latta Brothers pool and spray deck, a playground, and a youth football/soccer field. In October 2018, DCR announced plans to invest $1.2 million in a new, multi-sport turf field, field drainage improvements, field lighting, and pathway upgrades. Upon further evaluation of the needs and engagement with the community, DCR more than doubled its commitment to $2.5 million for the project.
In May 2021, 30 trees were planted in various locations throughout Foss Park:
• Along Fellsway West, to provide some privacy and light/sound absorption for the
residents abutting the park.
• At the north end of the park, to begin establishing a screen between the park and I-93
• In the gaps in the existing tree line along McGrath Highway.
• In passive recreation areas, primarily between athletic fields/courts to provide shady
respites and additional air quality mitigation for park users.
The field was reopened to the public in November 2020, following the completion of the