Enjoy a day with the kids at the Betty Price Playground! This playground is named after the late Elizabeth "Betty" Price, a woman who led the way for African American women in Worcester. In 1973 she became the first African American woman elected to the School Committee. Mrs. Price was also one of the primary founders and director of the Prospect House, a human services agency that assisted the poor. She later became an elected member of the Charter Commission that established Worcester's present-day form of municipal government.
The property consists of two parcels: one initially acquired from Prospect House, Inc. in 1968 and a second parcel acquired by the City in 2000.
There is no designated parking for the playground, but on-street parking is allowed on Laurel Street and Eastern Avenue.
This playground area recently underwent site improvements in an effort to contribute to the City-wide Parks & Playground Improvement Program, "Pride in Our Parks." These improvements include a new ADA accessible playground with a poured-in-place surface and playground equipment for ages 2-5 and 5-12. Also included was the installation of a fitness area with a poured-in-place surface and multi-point training system, new lighting, a paved walkway, an ornamental and chain link fence, shade shelter, picnic tables, benches, trees and a new park sign.
View some of the other parks in this district. Get out and explore!
Ramshorn Island is a small island on Lake Quinsigamond. It is located on the south side of the Burns Bridge. While many of the islands on Lake Quinsigamond are privately owned, Ramshorn Island is owned by the City of Worcester; therefore it is open to public use.
Dodge Park is a quaint 9 acre park located to the east of Indian Lake. Thomas Dodge donated the land to establish Dodge Park in 1889. In 1897, a rustic stone bridge was built over what was Arthur Spring at the time. Today, Dodge Park has a gazebo, a picnic area and nature trails to enjoy!
Lake View Playground is a small neighborhood park located on Lakeview Street, less than half a mile away from Lake Quinsigamond. This park features a playground, a swing set and a half basketball court. There also is a memorial stone bench on the Lakeview Street side of the park.