Somerville’s Parks Tree Health Program Gets Underway This Spring

Trees in City parks to undergo proactive maintenance and comprehensive health assessments; park closures required during maintenance

The City of Somerville’s annual Parks Tree Health Program is set to begin this month to promote healthy tree growth and help preserve Somerville’s urban forest. Now in its fourth year, the Parks Tree Health Program is designed to go beyond routine maintenance. Led by the Public Space and Urban Forestry Division, the program involves a comprehensive health assessment of parks trees by a certified arborist, proactive maintenance work, and development of long-term maintenance recommendations. This spring, 232 trees throughout seven parks will be assessed and maintained through the program.

Parks will close to the public on days when tree maintenance is taking place. This year’s schedule is as follows:

Parks Tree Health Program Work Schedule – Park Closures Required
Glen Park / Capuano Field: February 21, 22, 23 & April 18 (school vacation weeks)
Grimmons Park: February 24 & April 19
Kenney Park: March 6, 7
Morse-Kelly Playground: March 8
Dickerman Playground: March 9 & April 17
Stone Place Park: March 13
City Hall Concourse / 1895 Building: April 17, 18, 19 (school vacation week)
For more information on the program, including a description of what assessment/maintenance activities are included and previous years’ reports, visit

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