Save our Somerville (SOS) is a community organization committed to giving a voice to those who feel they have no voice in our community. Through art projects, community events and outreach programs, SOS will provide a forum for the disenfranchised.
SOS began in the summer of 2005, as Somerville planned to renovate Lexington Park. Tensions between new and old Somerville were high, and many local youth felt disenfranchised from the changing community. Local youth who grew up around the park attended a public meeting about the planned renovation, and expressed concern that the park’s atmosphere had changed to become hostile towards teenagers.
Through this meeting, a coalition of new and old Somerville formed SOS. Between 2005-2007, SOS lobbied to make the park more accessible to all ages. SOS opened communications between different groups within the park and used dialog sessions and basketball tournaments to bring the neighborhood together. As a result, graffiti became non-existent and a new understanding was formed between many of the park’s users.