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Vernon Hill Park

Vernon Hill Park

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  • The Department of Inspectional Services has ordered the closing of Indian Lake for elevated levels of cyanobacteria until further notice.
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  • All City beaches and pools are closed for the season as of Sunday, August 22.
  • All athletic fields, basketball courts, tennis & pickle ball courts, handball courts and playing surfaces are open.
  • All playgrounds and dog parks are open.
  • Green Hill Park Farm operation hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (CLOSED MONDAYS). Please do not feed or pet animals at the farm per USDA regulations.

Vernon Hill Park is a 15-acre park located atop Vernon Hill featuring a playground, two baseball fields, two softball fields, a basketball court, a swimming pool and a dog park! It is the home of East Side Babe Ruth.

Fitness Classes

The goal of the Summer Fitness Series is to provide Worcester residents with opportunities to engage in healthy eating, active living, community building, and spending the summer becoming a healthier Worcester. Classes range from boot camp to yoga to dance, with family-friendly options. The program runs from July 19 to September 30 at 8 city parks.

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Outdoor Fitness Class

Cool Off in the Pool

Vernon Hill Pool

Swim in the pool, zoom down the slide, or run around the spray park! There are many ways to cool off and have fun on a hot summer day at the Dennis F Shine Jr Swim Pool in Vernon Park!

Dennis F. Shine Jr. was a Vernon Hill corporal who was 21 years old when he was killed in Vietnam in 1969. As a local hero who grew up in Worcester, his family is grateful for the pool being dedicated in his name. The pool was originally dedicated to Corporal Shine one year after his death in 1970, but got a re-vamp in 2009 with a re-dedication ceremony.

The Dennis F. Shine Memorial Swimming Pool is located in the City park, but it is run by the state's Department of Conservation and Recreation.

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Let's Play!

Playground Structure at Vernon Hill Park

If you're not playing an organized sport or just wanted to get the kids outside for some fun, you can also bring them to play around on the Vernon Hill Park playground! There are slides, monkey bars, climbing structures, swings and much more!

Play Ball!

If you enjoy sports and athletics, Vernon Hill Park offers many choices to fit your needs. You can either play an organized sport or free play on the two baseball diamonds, two softball diamonds, basketball court, handball court, two tennis courts, multipurpose field, playground, pool or spray park!

People Playing Basketball on the Vernon Hill Court

Vernon Hill Dog Park

Beaver Brook Dog Park Area

The City's first ever off-leash dog park opened in August of 2017. This double-gated, fenced and secured area within Vernon Hill Park offers dogs and dog lovers a place to go and enjoy the company of other animals. The 17,400 square foot park is located next to the Dennis F. Shine Memorial Swimming Pool and the basketball court. It also offers complimentary dog waste disposal bags for dog owners to help keep the park clean.

The park is split into two fenced sections; one side for smaller dogs and one for larger dog breeds. All dogs are required to have a City of Worcester dog license on them at all times, required to have their vaccinations up-to-date, must be older than 6 months of age and a maximum of two dogs per adult/owner are allowed.

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

Quick Facts

Location: 144 Providence Street - Map

District: 3

Size: 15.2 acres

Parking Lot(s): Yes


  • Baseball Diamond
  • Basketball Court
  • Monuments/Memorials
  • Multipurpose Field
  • Playground
  • Pool
  • Softball Diamond
  • Spray Park

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