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Cristoforo Colombo (East) Park

Cristoforo Colombo (East) Park

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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Cristoforo Colombo Park, also known as East Park, is an important neighborhood and city-wide park located within the busy and vibrant Shrewsbury Street commercial district. East Park is easily recognizable because of the two stone griffins (lions with wings) flanking the park entrance.

The park contains lighted fields for football, as well as a tennis court and two basketball courts. The park also includes a splash pad in the warm weather months, a state-of-the-art children’s playground, amphitheater and many acres of undeveloped hillsides with trail connections to Bell Pond Park and Green Hill Park leading all the way to Lake Quinsigamond.

East Side Trail Map


Kids Playing in Spray Park

Cool off on a hot summer day at the Cristoforo Colombo Spray Park! Bring your kids down to splash around and get sprayed by spouts of water! It'll be a blast!

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Let's Play!

Larger Playground Structure at East park
Smaller Playground Structure at East Park

Cristoforo Colombo Park not only has a state-of-the-art children’s playground, but it also has a smaller play structure in the park, basketball courts and a baseball diamond where you can catch an exciting ball game or snag some fly balls of your own.

Events in the Park

Amphitheater in the Middle of East Park

The amphitheater in the middle of the park is a unique structure that is host to many events throughout the warmer months. Most notably, during the City's annual Independence Day Celebration, the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra wows a large crowd before the fireworks light up the sky.


Stone Griffin Outside od East Park

In 1916, an ornamental gateway was installed making use of the two stone griffins (lions with wings) that formerly supported the arch of the train shed of the old Union Railroad Station. Next time you're at the park, look at the griffins and you will see that they are not a matching pair. One griffin's tail is facing Shrewsbury St and the other griffin's tail is unseen facing the park. It is believed that the griffins were transported by horse and sled.

Also Check Out

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

Quick Facts

Location: 180 Shrewsbury Street - Map

District: 2

Size: 23.0 acres

Parking Lot(s): Yes


  • Amphitheater
  • Baseball Diamond
  • Basketball Court
  • Gazebo/Pavilion
  • Nature Trail(s)
  • Monuments/Memorials
  • Multipurpose Field
  • Playground
  • Spray Park
  • Tennis Court

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