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Cookson Field

Cookson Field

Public Notice

Green Hill Park Farm is closed until further notice; city parks and open spaces remain open.

  • Baseball, softball and field hockey games may start being played. Leagues must meet Phase III Step 1 requirements. Permits are required and no tournaments are allowed.
  • All fields for football, soccer, rugby, lacrosse and ultimate Frisbee remain open for practice only.
  • 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 25 percent of a facility's maximum capacity (no more than 25 people or 50 in an outdoor setting).
  • Handball courts at Green Hill Park and Crompton Park are open for play.
  • Tennis and Pickleball courts are also open, while Basketball and Volleyball courts remain closed.
  • Playgrounds in 35 parks and the Skate Park at Green Hill Park are open.
  • Dog parks are open.
  • Parks & Fields Reopening Plan

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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