Parks and open spaces have been a part of Worcester's history since the City's founding. The number of city parks has grown to sixty and they offer a wealth of recreational and leisure opportunities, special events and more. Our signature parks are highlighted below.
In June of 1669, Worcester established its first open space. The Worcester Common originally a 20 acre parcel was established to serve as a “common open space” for citizens. Although only 4.4 acres remain, the Common continues to provide vital open space in the downtown area.
The area around Coes Resevoir (commonly referred to as Coes Pond) consists of 20.79 acres of green and blue space that offers four seasons of premier amenities including the region’s first state-of-the-art, universally accessible, multigenerational park and playground.
Cristoforo Colombo Park, aka East Park, is an important neighborhood and city-wide park located within the busy and vibrant Shrewsbury Street commercial district. East Park is easily recognizable because of the two stone griffins (lions with wings) flanking the park entrance.
Elm Park is an historic public park in Worcester. Originally called "New Common", the original 27 acres of Elm Park were purchased in 1854, thus making Worcester one of the first cities in the United States to expend public funds to purchase land for use as a public park.
Green Hill Park represents a landscape which has been greatly transformed over the past several centuries, from wilderness to farmland, to a country estate and finally, to a unique multi-use public park. Once an estate belonging to the Green family, the park is almost 500 acres and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Institute Park is an historic park which dates to the late 1800’s and has long been connected to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus. Close to downtown this park was originally ordinary farm field and pasture. It was donated by the Honorable Stephen Salisbury III in 1887 as a park to supply a green space for the students and citizens of Worcester.