The original 50 acres of Hadwen Park were donated to the City by Park Commissioner Obadiah B. Hadwen in 1902. Hadwen Park has many winding nature trails, as well as a long, quick-flowing river that runs from Leesville to Curtis Pond. This park is only two minutes from Webster Square, lying across Curtis Pond from Hope Cemetery.
In addition to the hiking trails and river, this park also features a baseball diamond, updated basketball court, picnic area and accessible playground located in the north western section of the park.
The City of Worcester had two rope tow areas that operated in the 1960s. One was located at Green Hill Park within the Golf Course and the other was located at Hadwen Park. The rope tow at Hadwen Park was eventually converted into a pony lift before closing in the late 1980s. Today, the hill is used for sledding in the winter months.
While you're playing some basketball or baseball with family and friends, the kids can enjoy some playtime on the playground. There are many different types of climbing structures and swings to keep them entertained.
Certainly a gem of a park and one of the most serene hiking areas in the city. Hadwen Park has many winding trails and steep hills, as well as a long, quick-flowing river that runs from Leesville to Curtis Pond.
Large enough to provide a total escape from urban sights and sounds, the park is small enough for hikers to roam along a series of interconnected looping trails and paths through a wide range of natural terrain without needing a map. Get out and enjoy a walk through some of Worcester's green space.
View some of the other parks in this district. Get out and explore!
Apricot Street Playground is a small neighborhood park (2.3 acres) located on the corner of Merchant and Apricot Streets near the Worcester-Leicester line. This park features a small playground, a swing set, and a few picnic tables. Apricot Street Playground has been a City Park since 1940.
Bailey-Prouty Playground is located on the very western edge of Worcester, almost on the Paxton/Leicester line. This park features a baseball diamond and a playground. The playground includes a slide, climbing structures, and more! This park is home of John W. Spillane Memorial Field.
Bennett Field is a 6 acre park located behind the state Veterans Memorial Pool in Webster Square. It is also between Curtis Ponds and Coes Pond. It is undergoing renovations to the ball field and the retaining wall along Gates Lane. This park features a softball field, playground and pool!
Location: 19 Heard Street - Map
Size: 58.1 acres
Parking Lot(s): Yes
Master Plan: View