Lincoln Park is one of Somerville's oldest recreation areas and is a popular gathering place for kids and families. The adjacent neighborhood roughly forms a triangle between the points of Union Square, Inman Square, and the intersection of Washington and Beacon Streets ("Kirkland Village"). The area's street pattern creates great wandering opportunities for residents and visitors to explore. The center of the neighborhood is Concord Square, one of Somerville's smaller green spaces. Like much of Somerville, the Lincoln Park and Concord Square neighborhood has many two- and three-family homes in close proximity to each other. The close-knit feel adds to the neighborhood's sense of pride and neighborly familiarity.
Lincoln Park itself occupies the site of George Wyatt’s 19th century brickyards, which were called “Wyatt’s Pitts” by local residents. It was one of several brickyards in Somerville from 1820 to 1880. Somerville’s soil was well‐suited for brick‐making. According to late 19th century Somerville atlases, the Wyatt brickyards consisted of a long rectangular structure bordering the Washington Street edge of the property, and a line of contiguous chimneys and kilns just to the south of the shed. Clay pits took up the remaining land that extended south to Lincoln Parkway. The demise of Somerville’s brick‐making industry was due to the higher value placed on land for house construction and the residential building boom that followed.
Lincoln Park was planned as early as 1896, and its lawns and walks were in place by 1900, although a small pond at its southwest corner was filled in during the transition from brick yard to public green space. On the northeast side of Lincoln Park sits the Albert F. Argenziano School, a kindergarten‐8th grade facility built in 2007 to replace another elementary school, known as the Lincoln Park Community School.
Today, the Lincoln Park neighborhood is a vibrant and family-friendly area to call home. The park itself plays annual host to Somerville's Great Urban Campout. Families and other residents who like to camp spend the night in Lincoln Park or just join in for afternoon and evening activities, including campfire songs, s'mores, and stories. Given its popularity and usage, the Lincoln Park field is in need of improvement. After several years of community-driven planning, the City of Somerville will move forward with a $9.4 million project to enhance the park and playing fields.
Residents of the Lincoln Park neighborhood maintain a listserv to distribute neighborhood news and information. The group is dedicated to building community, providing opportunities for family-friendly activities, meeting neighbors and finding new ways to enjoy the neighborhood. This group is also a way to learn more about what is happening at the Argenziano School. Residents and business along Beacon Street recently organized the Beacon Street Neighborhood Association.
Adapted in part from "Historic Somerville: Its Civic Hilltop to the Wyatt Brothers Brickyards and Fresh Pond Ice," a 2012 self-guided walking tour brochure produced by Brandon Wilson, Executive Director, and Kristi Chase, Preservation Planner, of the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission, in coordination with Edward W. Gordon, President, Victorian Society of America, New England Chapter.
Last Updated: 03/04/2016
Image: Albert F. Argenziano School
Image: Annual Great Urban Campout, Lincoln Park
Image: Concord Avenue and Springfield Street
Image: Site plan for Lincoln Park improvements.