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City Parks

City Parks

Parks and open spaces have been a part of Worcester's history since the City's founding. In the late 17th Century, the area that is now the Worcester Common, was used as a training ground for the militia, burial ground and the site of the settlers' meetinghouse. Over the past few centuries, this piece of land has evolved into the wonderful Worcester Common you see today. However, the best known historic park in Worcester is Elm Park. Purchased in 1854, using public funds, it is recognized as one of the first purchases of land for a public park in the United States. Both the Common and Elm Park are on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Given Worcester's Central location, we are blessed with an abundance of park lands. Worcester has many parks throughout the city, which offer residents and visitors a wealth of activities with its vast array of green and blue space. Whether you are interested in going to a playground, discovering some of Worcester's history, having a picnic, playing a sport or just getting out and enjoying nature, there is a park for you!

Public Notice

  • City parks and open spaces are open.
  • State parks and fields are closed to the public, but City parks are open based on latest CDC giudance.
  • Green Hill Park Farm is closed until further notice.
  • Baseball, softball, multi-purpose fields and tennis courts are available for permitted and non-permitted use. All organized leagues must meet Phase III Step 1 requirements.
  • Basketball and volleyball courts remain closed on the advice of Public Health officials.
  • Dog parks are open.
  • Handball courts at Green Hill Park and Crompton Park are open for play. Tennis and Pickleball courts are also open.
  • The City is also allowing events in parks that meet the Indoor and Outdoor Events to Address COVID-19 Guidelines. Large events, such as street festivals, parades and road races will not be allowed. Events will be restricted to 50 percent of a facility's maximum capacity (or 150 in an outdoor setting).
  • Playgrounds in 35 parks and the Skate Park at Green Hill Park are open.

We wish to remind everyone to keep a safe distance (6 feet) between yourself and other people.

Learn More


The City of Worcester has many parks located throughout the City.

Search Park Features

Are you looking to find a park that has a specific feature or attribute? Maybe you'd like to find all parks that have tennis courts or playgrounds. If so, use the accordion menu below to filter on a specific category that fits your needs, and click on a park name for more detailed information.

Programs & Initiatives

WooDog Sign on Fence at the Entrance to Vernon Hill Dog Park
Dog Parks
The City's first ever off-leash dog park opened in August of 2017. This double-gated, fenced and secured area within Vernon Hill Park offers dogs and dog lovers a place to go and enjoy the company of other animals.
Group of Children Playing at the East Park Spray Park
Recreation Activities
The City of Worcester offers residents and visitors a wealth of activities with its vast array of green and blue space. City park amenities include athletic fields, playgrounds, beaches, pools and spray parks. Additionally, to learn more about recreation programs, register for activities or make online reservations for Park Permits or Field Permits, please visit our Online Registration Portal.
Children and Staff Raising Their Hands in a Circle in a Park
Recreation Worcester
Recreation Worcester is a free year-round out-of-school time program run by the City of Worcester. Through after-school programs, students will engage with program staff and community partners in enriching, athletic, artistic and academic programming.

Special Features

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