Robert Antonelli, Jr.
Location: W. Hampton Street to Clay Street -
Size/Land Area: 26.5 Acres.
Ball Field? No.
Cookson Field Master Plan (14MB)
Cookson Field is a large open-space and recreation area located within the College Hill residential neighborhood in south-central Worcester, near Holy Cross College and the Auburn border. The park site was purchased by the City of Worcester on June 3, 1936 from real estate developer Herbert E. Howe, and named for Mayor Walter Cookson, who died in office on June 11, 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio.
No true comprehensive design has ever been completed for the park. In 1936, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) performed a site clean-up to improve the landscape and use of the park. Thereafter, on-site amenities were added only as funding became available. Since its purchase, park features have included a Little League field with backstop, formalized woodland paths, wooden benches, picnic areas with fireplaces, a swingset and sand box.
Documentation for Cookson Field is limited, with the exception of the City's Open Space Plans, which, in 1981 stated that the facility was largely undeveloped, lacked suitable access and contained amenities in poor condition. By the mid-1980s, the Little League field was in such poor condition that play was suspended. The field, like other areas of the park, has since further deteriorated, becoming overgrown and unusable.