Parks & Recreation

Robert C. Antonelli, Jr., Assistant Commissioner

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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!
Children and Staff Raising Their Hands in a Circle in a Park
Recreation Worcester
Recreation Worcester is a free year-round out-of-school time program run by the City of Worcester. Through after-school programs, students will engage with program staff and community partners in enriching, athletic, artistic and academic programming.
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. 

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