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Cookson Field

Cookson Field

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.

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Cookson Field is a large open-space and recreation area located within the College Hill residential neighborhood in south-central Worcester, near Holy Cross College and the Auburn border. The park site was purchased by the City of Worcester on June 3, 1936 from real estate developer Herbert E. Howe, and named for Mayor Walter Cookson, who died in office on June 11, 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio.

No true comprehensive design has ever been completed for the park. In 1936, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) performed a site clean-up to improve the landscape and use of the park. Thereafter, on-site amenities were added only as funding became available. Since its purchase, park features have included a Little League field with backstop, formalized woodland paths, wooden benches, picnic areas with fireplaces, a swing set and sand box.

The park had been neglected for many years, causing most of the park amenities to be in poor condition. However, in 2013, a group of volunteers pulled together to help clean up the park, put up new signs, and the College of the Holy Cross even donated a new playground to the park. 


Nature Trail at Cookson Field

If you want to escape the bustle of the city, you can walk the trails at Cookson Field and enjoy the peaceful nature that surrounds you!

Also Check Out

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

Quick Facts

Location: 103 Clay Street - Map

District: 4

Size: 19.0 acres

Parking Lot(s): Yes

Master Plan: View


  • Nature Trail(s)
  • Playground

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