Coal Mine Brook Park opens with new playground, outdoor fitness area

WORCESTER — Families filled the newly opened Coal Mine Brook Park Monday, checking out its new amenities like a brand new playground, outdoor fitness park and benches to take in the view of nearby Lake Quinsigamond. 

The park, which broke ground in July 2022, is located between Plantation Street and North Lake Avenue and opened to the public Friday, said Matthew Moore, a spokesperson with the city. 

“It’s nice to have a park closer than Quinsigamond (State Park),” said Yonara Balcos, 22. “We can walk rather than drive.”

Balcos, who was with her sister Morica, 23, said they had been waiting for the park to open for a while and were excited to see it finally open to the public.

Morica said the park was nice and that she saw it becoming a regular spot for her and her sister. 

Evan Coda, 7, of Shrewsbury does sit-ups at the new Coal Mine Brook Park on Plantation Street Monday.

In 2020, former City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr., sought authorization from the City Council to apply for a $750,000 National Park Service grant through the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, division of conservation services. 

The hope was to use, in addition to the grant, money totaling $1 million to renovate the Coal Mine Brook conservation area and improve the eastern part of the East-West hiking trail.

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