Parks and Recreation by WRTA Bus Route
NOTICE: All public bathing beaches, pools, and spray parks operated by the City of Worcester are open only from July 1st to August 10th.
Bell Pond (Belmont Street) is located on 23-acres and is considered a pocket park. It offers a bathing beach, fishing, playground, basketball courts and a hiking trail. It is served by WRTA Routes 24, 24A and 34 (Sun)
Beaver Brook Park (Chandler Street) is located on 16.3 acres directly across from Foley Stadium. It is one of the city’s premier recreational facilities. The park offers extensive sports fields for football and little league play along side an inline skating rink. It offers paved walking paths and open use of fields of its fields. It is served by WRTA Route 6.
Broad Meadow Brook Savannah (414 Massasoit Road) Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester is the largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England, with over 400 acres cooperatively managed or owned by Mass Audubon. Interpretive signs will guide you along well-marked trails through woods, fields, streams, and marsh. The center also serves as the visitor site for the National Park Service’s Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. It is served by WRTA Route 22.
Christoforo Colombo Park (Shrewsbury Street) is located on 81.288 of acreage. The East Side Trail also begins at Cristoforo Colombo Park, leading all the way to Lake Quinsigamond. It contains a playground, little league field, baseball court, tennis court, spray park and bandstand as well as the host park for Worcester’s 4th of July festivities. It is served by WRTA Route 15.
Coes Reservoir (Mill Street) Total acreage of 20.79 acres incorporates five properties around Coes Reservoir (commonly referred to as Coes Pond). Coes Pond contains a bathing beach, volleyball, and open space. The Major Taylor Bike Trail runs along side part of the beach front area on Mill Street. It is served by WRTA Route 7.
Crompton Park (47 Quinsigamond Ave) The 12.73 acres developed into a park in 1901. It offers a state-of-the-art swimming pool complex, basketball court, baseball fields, tennis court, and playground. The park is host to The Green Island Neighborhood Center which offers summer activities for kids. It is served by WRTA Route 4.
Dennis F. Shine Memorial Swimming Pool (STATE POOL) is located at 142 Providence Street and operations from June 28th until August 20th daily from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. It is served by WRTA Routes 1 and 11.
Elm Park (Highland Street to Park Ave) is famous for its historic bridges reconstructed in 1985. It also contains a small pond making it the most sought after park in Worcester for exchanging wedding vows. Elm Park contains a large playground area, winter skating, open space which host numerous festivals and events including the annual “Art in the Park” exhibit. It is served by WRTA Route 3.
Foley Stadium-Commerce Bank Field (305 Chandler Street) is an historic sports venue in Worcester. It was built in 1927 and was renovated in 2007. It is primarily a stadium used for high school football teams in the city and is owned and operated by the City of Worcester. It is served by WRTA Route 6.
Green Hill Park (50 Skyline Drive) – Green Hill Park is Worcester’s largest municipal park. It is over 480 acres and houses a number of activities and facilities. It contains two ponds, a zoo, picnic grove, playground, little league field, golf course, and handball courts. Green Hill Park is also the location of The Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans’s Memorial which is contained inside 4-acres of the park. The memorial offers three distinct sections, called “Places” and has a pond with fountain, walking paths, and benches. It is served by WRTA Routes 14, 23, 26, 24, 24A, and 34 (Sunday Only).
Greenwood Park (Greenwood to Forsberg) is located on 14.9 acres and serves as an established neighborhood park. The Women’s NCAA sanctioned basketball league is hosted there during the months of June and July. It offers little league fields, basketball courts, playground, tennis courts, picnic grove, and open space. It is served by WRTA Route 11.
Institute Park (Salisbury Street) Institute Park is located next to the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The park is 24.6-acres (100,000 m2) in size. It contains a tennis courts, open spaces and pond. In the summer, many concerts are played at the Sneiderman Pavilion band shell, sometimes drawing crowds in excess of 10,000. It is served by WRTA Route 8.
Kinneywoods Camp (280 Olean Street) At Camp Kinneywood, Girls Inc.’s 80-acre country property, girls can experience the benefits of the rustic locale with swimming, hiking, and boating, learning valuable lessons in leadership and teamwork along the way. Periodically, girls will even have an opportunity to travel around Massachusetts on various educational field trips. It is served by WRTA Route 2.
Newton Hill (Highland and Pleasant Street) is located at the intersection of Highland and Pleasant Streets known as Newton Square. It offers tennis courts, basketball, hiking trails, disc golf course and open space. It is served by WRTA Routes 2 and 3.
Parson’s Cider Mill (Goddard Memorial Drive) This wonderful natural treasure provides the visitor with a step back in history, glimpses of migrating birds and waterfowl, natural and man-made ponds, and after visiting the Goddard Memorial, a special way to spend a quiet afternoon in the country. It is served by WRTA Route 19.
Prospect Hill / Bancroft Tower (Park Ave) Also known as Salisbury Park is home to Bancroft Tower and holds some of the most beautiful views of Worcester. It is located atop Prospect Hill on the northwestern end of the city. The tower is 56 feet high and is constructed of boulders, cobblestones, and is trimmed with a rock-faced granite. It looks like a miniature feudal castle. It is served by WRTA Route 8. Please note a walk of about 1.5 miles is necessary to reach the location.
Quinsigamond State Park (10 North Lake Ave) Quinsigamond State Park consists of two sites located on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester: Regatta Point and Lake Park. The 25-acre Regatta Point area offers facilities for swimming, sailing, picnicking and fishing. Part of the area is used extensively for sailing and rowing crew regattas. Lake Park offers a small bathing beach, picnicking, outdoor track with center open field for sports. It is served by WRTA Route 16.
Sibley Farm (Spencer) The property is a wonderful mix of hayfields, forests, beaver ponds, streams, and wooded swamps, all rich in wildlife. It encompasses two abutting farms: the historic Sibley Farm, known for its prize-winning Jersey herd and scenic hayfields visible from Route 9, and the former Seven Springs Horse Farm located off Greenville Street, which abuts Mass Audubon’s Burncoat Pond Wildlife Sanctuary. Stone walls and old roads crisscross the farms, providing natural trails. It is served by WRTA Routes 19 (Sat) and 33 (Mon-Fri).
Tetasset Ridge (Midgley Ave) Tetasset, the Native American name for this ridge is a wonderful space in Worcester. The area is managed by The Greater Worcester Land Trust. This micro cache is less tha 10 feet from the trail. It can be reached from the Esper Ave parking by following the blue and sometimes red surveory’s tape up to the top of the ridge. It is served by WRTA Route 7.
University Park (Main Street) University Park also called Crystal Park is on 13-acre public park in the Main South neighborhood. It is located across Main Street from Clark University, thus the name. The park offers a playground, basketball court, walking path, skating, and sledding. It is served by WRTA Routes 19, 27 and 33.
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Work has just begun on the 28 mile long Massachusetts section of the Bikeway. In June of 2005 the Grand Opening ceremony was held for 2.5 miles of Bikeway that were opened to the public. The Bikeway will ultimately extend from Worcester’s City Common/Union Station to the Massachusetts / Rhode Island state line. As the Bikeway extends south, it will connect several historic mill villages and the Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park where remnants of the Blackstone Canal are evident. It is served by WRTA Routes 4, 11, and 22.
The current trail route begins at the twin stone lions marking the entrance to East Park on Shrewsbury St. The trail follows a walkway through the park then climbs steeply to the summit of Bell Hill. Limited views may still be seen to the north and west from the summit. Following the westerly shores of Bell Pond the trail soon crosses Route 9 and ascends a ledge slope entering into Green Hill Park. It is served by WRTA Routes 14, 15, 23, 24, 24A, 26 and 34 (Sundays).
Grand Trunk Trail is part of a larger trail network, the Titanic Rail Trail, which will stretch more than 60 miles through south-central Massachusetts and the northeastern corner of Connecticut along the former Southern New England Railroad.
The Grand Trunk Trail will run through Palmer, Brimfield, Sturbridge, and Southbridge. It’s currently open in two short disconnected sections. In Brimfield, the hard-packed gravel pathway winds through a heavily forested area and offers a connection to the Trolley Line Trail, as well as a spur that heads south to Holland. Further east, another section winds through wooded land along the Quinebaug River from the Westville Dam to the Ed Calcutt Bridge, linking the towns of Southbridge and Sturbridge. The Westville Lake Recreation Area along the way offers a popular spot for picnicking, fishing, and boating. It is served by WRTA Route 29.
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