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University (Crystal) Park

University (Crystal) 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 100 people).
  • 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.
  • DPW&P spray parks and beaches are open. Learn More...
  • Playgrounds in 35 parks and the Skate Park at Green Hill Park opened Saturday, June 20.
  • Dog parks are reopened as of Friday, June 12.
  • Golf Course Operational Guidelines & Driving Range Reopening Plan
  • 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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University Park is one of Worcester's older park acquisitions. It was purchased in the years 1887 and 1889 from Sarah Anderson, Sylvia Gates, William D. Gates and Alonzo Whitcomb.

University Park is located in both a residential neighborhood and directly adjacent to a college campus. In the middle of the park is Crystal Pond, formerly used for activities such as swimming and ice skating. Today, activities on the Pond are limited to occasional paddle boating or toy boat races. If the pond freezes thick enough, some people enjoy skating on Crystal Pond in the winter months!

The park today has is 14.3 acres. University Park is popularly known as Crystal Park by Worcester natives. That name, however, was never made official.

Get Outside!

Playground Structures at University Park with Kids Swinging in the Background

As you enjoy the walking trails and fountain at Crystal Pond, let your kids play on the playground at University Park!

Let's Play!

Kids Playing Basketball on the Courts at University Park

At University Park, in addition to admiring the pond, having a picnic, walking the trails or playing on the playground, you can also play a game on the two basketball courts or the tennis court! As a bonus, the tennis court has the markings on the pavement so that you can switch it up and play a game of volleyball.

Also Check Out

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

Quick Facts

Location: 965 Main Street - Map

District: 4

Size: 14.3 acres

Parking Lot(s): No

Master Plan: View

Features:

  • Basketball Court
  • Nature Trail(s)
  • Ice Skating Area
  • Playground
  • Tennis Court
  • Volleyball Court

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