Robert Antonelli, Jr.
Location: Harding Street to Endicott Street -
Size/Land Area: 14.6 Acres.
Ball Field? Yes.
The Crompton Family, for who the park is named, made their fortune in the manufacturing of looms, which was one of Worcester's first and largest industries. By 1893, the Crompton factory was the largest fancy loom works in the country. Much of the land by the factory was owned by the family.
In the end a total of 15.25 acres were acquired for the park. The total cost was $60,000. By 1919, shelters, benches, a wading pool, fountains, and walks had been provided. In 1887, the City Parks Commission asked Mrs. Crompton for a price on the land between Quinsigamond and Millbury Streets. The 12.73 acres was purchased in 1888, for $44,350. It was named Crompton Park and was then an open field which was used as a playground. In 1901, the City developed the land and the canal. The canal was eventually put underground for sanitary reasons. Later in 1924, the City prepared a report on the future of the development of its parks and included a plan showing all the parks in the City. At that time, Crompton Park contained a wading pool, baseball fields and paths. There was a a published report at that time that juvenile crime rate was non-existent within three blocks of Crompton Park. There was a strong relief at that time that providing places for young people to play would help decrease the incidence of crime.
In 1904, one local resident was quoted as saying, "If you want the use of a baseball diamond at Crompton Park, you must sleep on the ground the night before to secure it." Such overcrowding was indicative of an industrial city in which large number of laborers huddled in a smaller area - the East Side, while manufacturers and managers resided in more spacious surroundings - the West side.