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Parks & Recreation

Robert C. Antonelli, Jr., Assistant Commissioner

Public Notice

  • City parks and open spaces are open.
  • State parks and fields are closed to the public, but City parks are open based on latest CDC giudance.
  • Green Hill Park Farm is closed until further notice.
  • Baseball, softball, multi-purpose fields and tennis courts are available for permitted and non-permitted use. All organized leagues must meet Phase III Step 1 requirements.
  • Basketball and volleyball courts remain closed on the advice of Public Health officials.
  • Dog parks are open.
  • Handball courts at Green Hill Park and Crompton Park are open for play. Tennis and Pickleball courts are also open.
  • 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 50 percent of a facility's maximum capacity (or 150 in an outdoor setting).
  • Playgrounds in 35 parks and the Skate Park at Green Hill Park are open.


We wish to remind everyone to keep a safe distance (6 feet) between yourself and other people.

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City Parks & Open Space

A park and open space system is not a standalone or isolated complex within a community. In fact, where parks and open space systems provide the most value to its citizenry, it is a highly integrated and highly connected, highly accessible series of properties and programs where good health and well being, athletic competition, informal play, culture, art, history, social interaction and just basic fun get woven together to form amazing and wonderful parts of everyday life.

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Programs & Initiatives

WooDog Sign on Fence at the Entrance to Vernon Hill Dog Park
Dog Parks
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.
Band on Stage in Park
Plan an Event in Worcester
Special events enhance the quality of life for Worcester residents, bring in visitors who will shop in Worcester businesses and help us celebrate all the diverse cultures and talents of the people of our fine city. Our staff is here to work with you to make your event as great as it can possibly be so contact us today!
Tree in a Park with a Pond and People
Trees in the City
Trees growing in urban and suburban settings have unique needs that must be met if they are to be given the best opportunity to thrive. Learn more about Worcester's urban forest, how it is cared for and how it benefits the City's ecosystem. 

Contact Information

Parks & Recreation
50 Skyline Drive
Worcester, MA 01605

Accessible via WRTA Bus Line. View Schedules

Phone: 508-799-1190
Fax: 508-799-1293
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Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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