Green Hill Park

Green Hill Park

Green Hill Park represents a landscape which has been greatly transformed over the past several centuries, from wilderness to farmland, to a country estate and finally, to a unique multi-use public park. Once an estate belonging to the Green family, the park is almost 500 acres and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Green Hill Park is located atop one of Worcester's seven main hills.

Development of the land was carefully planned and managed by the Green family for over a century. The park offers unique vistas and panoramas to residents from the rolling Millstone, Crown, Green and Chandler Hills as well as areas of mature woodlands and open space. The City has acquired additional adjacent open space in an effort to protect, enhance and expand the park.

Worcester's largest and most diverse park includes a golf course and a lighted field for football, two for softball and five for soccer. There also is a zoo with farm animals, an arboretum, two ponds, playgrounds and a network of drives and parking areas. The State-wide Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located within the core of the park close to Green Hill Pond, a 30-acre "great pond". Multiple gazebos and picnic areas provide areas to relax and take in the view.

Summer Fitness Series

The Worcester Parks Summer Fitness Series is a 17-week program presented by the YWCA Central MA and Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA in partnership with the City of Worcester. The program runs from June 3 through September 28.

Below are the upcoming fitness classes offered at Green Hill Park:

Golf Course

Greenhill Golf Course Fairway and Tee Box

The Green Hill Golf Course is a par 72, 18-hole municipal golf course offering City residents and non-City residents an exciting and challenging round of golf along with providing the industry standard amenities and services to these golfers. The golf course is operated eight months of the year on the enterprise system, separate from the municipal tax-levy budget.

The Willie Ogg designed Green Hill G.C. opened on April 1st 1929. Ogg, in a ceremonial opening 9 hole round held the first course record of 39 besting Green Hill’s first head golf professional Walter Cosgrove, P.G.A.

Green Hill G.C. was redesigned by William F. Mitchell, re-opening in 1968. Green Hill golf course has played host to Mass Golf Association, New England P.G.A. and U.S.G.A. events along with long standing commitments to the Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts and Worcester County Women’s Golf Association. 

Green Hill Golf Course

Farm

Green Hill Farm

The Green Hill Park Farm is home to various gentle farm animals and is a great place for families with children looking for a leisurely activity on a nice day. The farm is open year round and located within Green Hill Park along Green Hill Parkway. The farm is free of charge and open to the public.

Green Hill Farm

Sports for All

In addition to the Green Hill Golf Course, Green Hill Park has numerous options for the whole family to enjoy! From fishing at Green Hill Pond to handball, baseball, softball, soccer/football on their multipurpose field (soccer and football markouts and equipment may occur at different times of the year) and even a skate park; there's a variety of sporting areas to keep you busy!

Skate Park Area at Green Hill Park

Other Features

A Historic Place

Green Hill Estate 1800s

In 1713 a group of settlers purchased eight square miles of hunting grounds, including the present parkland, from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Aaron Adams built the first structure on the land in 1714, and established a farm on the northern section of Millstone Hill. Twenty years later more than a hundred acres adjacent to the farm was purchased for the town of Worcester's use as a quarry. By 1750, the only other addition to the land was seven acres bought at auction by Adam's brother Thomas, who then owned the farm.

In 1754, Dr. Thomas Green purchased from Thomas Adams about 180 acres. This land, with later additions, became known as "Stormont" or "Green Hill". His son, Dr. John Green inherited the land, and in 1757 he built the first Green family homestead. His children expanded the land, including Bear Brook, which Martin Green later dammed, creating Green Hill Pond.

After many enhancements by John's son William and then William's son Andrew, the family's land was now 549 acres of beautiful property. When Andrew Green died in 1903 and left his estate to five nieces and nephews, who in turn sold the parkland to the City of Worcester. By this purchase, the City of Worcester acquired a large and unique park resource which has since provided recreational opportunities for many generations of city residents.

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Quick Facts

Location: 301 Green Hill Parkway - Map

District: 2

Size: 470.0 acres

Parking Lot(s): Yes

Master Plan: View

Features:

  • Baseball Diamond
  • Gazebo/Pavilion
  • Handball Court
  • Nature Trail(s)
  • Monuments/Memorials
  • Multipurpose Field
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Softball Diamond
  • Water Access

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