Located just north of I-290 and Brittan Square, this 26 acre park offers a baseball diamond, two ponds, one that you can ice skate on in the winter, and a multipurpose field which mostly hosts football games in the fall and soccer games in the spring.
It has a significantly varying elevation within the park. There is a change in grade of 47 feet within the single park, being the highest point to the north edge, along Davidson road. This area is used as the sledding hill and has great views of the park.
Burncoat Park offers two different ponds for visitors to explore in all seasons. This is a beautiful area for walkers to take in the sights during warmer months, and even offers ice skating at one of the ponds during the winter when conditions allow.
In 1889, 39.42 acres were purchased from John D. Curtis, Joseph E. Bond, Jane Harris, Alfred Smith and Francis Weatherbee. In 1898 Western Pond was created and in 1901 the Boulder Bridge was built. Western Pond began being used as a skating rink in 1923. Burncoat Playground was added in 1926. In 1930, a hockey rink was built.
In 1962, 8.2 acres were taken by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the construction of the I-290 expressway. An additional amount was offered to the Worcester Public Schools for the construction of Wawecus Elementary School.
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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.
This park is located at the summit of Bell Hill, also known as Chandler Hill Park. It features Bell Hill Pond. In one area of the park, you can play basketball, play on the playground or look out at Bell Pond. In another area, Chandler Hill Park, you can play a variety of sports on the multipurpose field.
Institute Park is a historic park which dates to the late 1800’s. Close to downtown, this park was originally an ordinary farm field and pasture. It was donated by the Honorable Stephen Salisbury III in 1887 as a park to supply a green space for the students and citizens of Worcester.
Location: 70 North Parkway - Map
Size: 26.0 acres
Parking Lot(s): No
Master Plan: View