Parks and open spaces have been a part of Worcester's history since the City's founding. In June 1669, the Worcester Common was the first land set aside by the town for "common open space". However, the best known historic park in Worcester is Elm Park. Purchased in 1854, using public funds, it is recognized as one of the first purchases of land for a public park in the United States. Both the Common and Elm Park are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Worcester has sixty parks encompassing nearly 1,300 acres which offers residents and visitors a wealth of activities with its vast array of green and blue space. Given Worcester's Central location we are blessed with an abundance of park lands.
The City of Worcester has sixty parks located throughout the City.
To learn more about recreation programs, register for activities or make online reservations for Park Permits or Field Permits, please visit our Online Registration Portal.
For online registration support or assistance, please call or email the Parks Division at 508-799-1190 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed weekends & Holidays). Emails will be answered during normal business hours.
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.