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Ball Property

Ball Property

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 Harvey Ball Conservation Area, also known as Ball Property is a City park consisting only of a nature trail. This conservation area is used as a wildlife sanctuary.

Located along the Blackstone River and Broad Meadow Brook Trail, this area is known as the "Smiley Face" Trail. The slogan for this park is "Take only Pictures, Leave only Smiles". 

This is a cooperative conservation project between The City of Worcester, Massachusetts Audubon Society and the Greater Worcester Land Trust.

Take a Hike

Trail Sign/Marker for the Smiley Face Trail

The hiking trail and surrounding land are named in honor of the late Harvey Ball - a Worcester native who invented and designed the iconic yellow "smiley face."  Enjoy a relaxing 0.7 mile hike through the property and take in all of the wonderful surroundings and nature while getting some exercise!

Also Check Out

View some of the other parks in this district. Get out and explore!

Quick Facts

Location: 59 Dane Avenue - Map

District: 3

Size: 15.9 acres

Parking Lot(s): No


  • Nature Trail(s)

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