The Somerville Community Growing Center is much more than a green space, it is where the citizens of Somerville grow community.
Situated on a ¼ acre of gently sloped hillside near Union Square, the site has become a center for both environmental education and cultural performances in Somerville. Initiated in 1994, it is a model for urban land use and collaboration between city government and local nonprofit and community agencies. This urban oasis was designed and built by local residents and is maintained by volunteers.
The Center provides a hands-on learning environment for local youth to learn about the natural world, science, community service and cultural issues. After school programs are offered during the fall and spring, and there is a spring vacation camp, in collaboration with local elementary schools, such as the Cummings School. Teachers from several schools use this space as an outdoor classroom to support a wide range of educational programs. A volunteer group, the Friends of the Community Growing Center, coordinates a full season of concerts, seasonal festivals and educational programs that are free to the public.