The Harvey Ball Conservation Area, also known as Ball Property is a City park consisting only of a nature trail. This conservation area is used as a wildlife sanctuary.
Located along the Blackstone River and Broad Meadow Brook Trail, this area is known as the "Smiley Face" Trail. The slogan for this park is "Take only Pictures, Leave only Smiles".
This is a cooperative conservation project between The City of Worcester, Massachusetts Audubon Society and the Greater Worcester Land Trust.
The hiking trail and surrounding land are named in honor of the late Harvey Ball - a Worcester native who invented and designed the iconic yellow "smiley face." Enjoy a relaxing 0.7 mile hike through the property and take in all of the wonderful surroundings and nature while getting some exercise!
View some of the other parks in this district. Get out and explore!
Blithewood Park features a playground, basketball court, baseball field, historic gazebo, and on-site parking. The Park got an upgrade in 2014. This re-vamp included, a new playground, fencing, accessible walkway upgrades and the gazebo got a new roof, repair of worn boards and a complete repainting.
Oakland Heights Playground is a neighborhood park located off of Route-20. It is surrounded on three sides by residences (on the north, south and west), with land owned by a church to the east. The Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary is located to the east and north of the church property.
The Providence Street Playground has been a city park since 2010. It features a new playground, which is split into two parts. One side is for younger kids, while the other is geared toward older kids. It also contains Glodis Field, a multipurpose field named after the late State Rep. William J. Glodis.