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Parks & Recreation

Robert C. Antonelli, Jr., Assistant Commissioner

Public Notice

Green Hill Park Farm is closed until further notice; city parks and open spaces remain open.

  • Baseball, softball and field hockey games may start being played. Leagues must meet Phase III Step 1 requirements. Permits are required and no tournaments are allowed.
  • All fields for football, soccer, rugby, lacrosse and ultimate Frisbee remain open for practice only.
  • 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 25 percent of a facility's maximum capacity (no more than 100 people).
  • Handball courts at Green Hill Park and Crompton Park are open for play.
  • Tennis and Pickleball courts are also open, while Basketball and Volleyball courts remain closed.
  • DPW&P spray parks and beaches are open. Learn More...
  • Playgrounds in 35 parks and the Skate Park at Green Hill Park opened Saturday, June 20.
  • Dog parks are reopened as of Friday, June 12.
  • Golf Course Operational Guidelines & Driving Range Reopening Plan
  • Parks & Fields Reopening Plan


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

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120 Day Certification Extension
A great way to extend your Lifeguarding certificate by 120 days. This is a new free online 120 day certificate extension course to extend any base level certifications that expire between March 1 - June 30.
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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.
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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. 

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