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Oread Castle Park

Oread Castle 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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Oread Castle Park is a 3-acre park located in the Main South neighborhood. It recently underwent a massive renovation and features basketball/futsal courts, outdoor fitness and exercise stations, a playground, picnic tables and nature trails.

Game On

If you enjoy casual sports and athletics, Oread Castle Park offers three marked out basketball courts, outdoor fitness/exercise stations and a playground.

As a unique bonus, one of the paved basketball court areas also has the markings and goals for futsal if you would like to try something new! Futsal is a variant of soccer played on a hard court, and uses a smaller, harder ball than a soccer ball.

Basketball Court and Hoop at Oread Castle Park

Physically Fit

Outdoor Fitness Equipment Stations at Oread Castle Park

Another unique feature set at Oread Castle Park is the outdoor fitness equipment stations. No gym fees, enjoy fresh air outdoors and spice up your exercise routine as you walk through the park. Be sure to check it out next time you're in the area and get fit!

Before the Park

The Castle

Before this land was a nice neighborhood City park, it was originally a college, Oread Collegiate Institute. This institute opened in 1849 as one of the first women’s colleges in the country, established by Eli Thayer. 

After Eli Thayer graduated from Brown University, he came back to Worcester and became principal at Worcester County Manual Labor High School (known today as Worcester Academy). He also established Oread Collegiate Institute for women. He built this institute on the top of the vacant 10-acre hill off of Main Street, known then as Goat Hill. Oread Collegiate Institute soon became known as "The Castle". In addition to the boarding students, Thayer lived in the Castle along with his family, until the school closed.

After the Castle closed in 1881, due to land disputes and the school not being incorporated, it aged into ruins. It was demolished in the mid-1930s. The City took the land in tax title and converted the site to the Oread Castle Park, also known as Castle Park.

Also Check Out

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

Quick Facts

Location: 20 Alden Street - Map

District: 4

Size: 3.2 acres

Parking Lot(s): No

Master Plan: View


  • Basketball Court
  • Nature Trail(s)
  • Playground

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