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Recreation Worcester

Recreation WorcesterRecreation Worcester is a free program for youth ages 7 through 13. It includes free, supervised, recreation programming at 10 parks across the City, Monday through Friday from June 27th through August 19th from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

Drop in any time! Come for a few hours, a few days or the whole week. Parks will be staffed by trained Youth Workers who will facilitate sports, literacy and arts programs. The Recreation Worcester Program is sponsored by UMass Memorial Health Care, Holy Cross, the Hanover Insurance Group, Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Office of District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr. and the Worcester Public Schools.

Programs will be offered at the following sites:

Sites
Beaver Brook Park
9 Mann Street
Burncoat Playground
526 Burncoat Street
East Park
180 Shrewsbury Street
Grant Square
21 Northampton Street
Greenwood Park
14 Forsberg Street
Kendrick Field
40 Brooks Street
Lake Park
281 Lake Avenue
Logan Park
539 Mill Street
University Park
965 Main Street
Vernon Hill Park
43 Ames Street

Recreation Worcester Site Map

Registration is now available online, or can be filled out at the following Worcester Public Schools:

  • Belmont, Canterbury, Chandler Magnet, Gates Lane, Goddard, Lincoln Street, Midland Street, Norback, Quinsigamond School, Rice Square, Roosevelt, Tatnuck Magnet, Woodland Academy, Worcester Arts.
  • Also at the Worcester Public Library's children desk at any of the One City One Library locations and/or the main library on Salem Street.

You must register before participating in Recreation Worcester. All Worcester youth are welcome between ages 7 and 13.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can the child go to any park, or do they have to go to the one in their neighborhood?
A: Yes, they can go to any park.

Q: Can they go to different parks each time, or are they locked in once they choose?
A: They can attend any park.

Q: Will food/snacks be provided?
A: Yes, both lunch and dinner.

Q: What happens if the parent can't pick up their child on time?
A: All parents must pick their children up by 5:30 PM, however if they are running late they must call the Program Director.

Q: Can children walk to and from the park, or do they need a parent to drop them off/pick them up?
A: Children may walk to and from the park. That is to the discretion of each parent.

Q: Who should we call with questions? Who is Customer Service's contact person?
A: John Genkos, City Manager's Office.

Q: How many employees will be at each site?
A: Between 5 and 6 staff at all times.

Q: Is there a cost to the program?
A: No, this is a free program.

Q: Is there a deadline for registration?
A: No, there is a rolling admission.

Q: Do children register once at the beginning of the program? Once for each park? Once per visit?
A: Children are registered only on the first visit to the park and at any park; it's a universal application for the program.

Q: Will parents be notified if a day is cancelled?
A: The City of Worcester and WPS will notify parents ahead of time of any cancellations via a text or phone call.

Q: Why would a day be cancelled (severe weather/heat)?
A: Programs will be cancelled due to severe weather such as thunder storms, tornado warnings, hurricanes, etc. Emergency shelters will be provided.

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