Clark’s Campus Square, known by students, faculty, and staff as “Red Square,” is home to many of the activities offered during Clark’s free summer recreation program for children in the neighborhood.
Thanks to generous community grants and successful management by Clark and the Main South Community Development Center, the eight-week recreation program has been offered free of charge to the children of Worcester’s Main South neighborhood since 1996.
Clark faculty and students work alongside neighborhood colleagues as counselors. Children enjoy outdoor and indoor recreational activities, including sports, arts and crafts, the computer lab, and swimming and water safety lessons in the University’s pool.
Granger Fields and Dolan Field House
The Granger Fields on Beaver Street, just west of Clark’s campus, include Dolan Field House; soccer/lacrosse, field hockey, and baseball fields; and the Corash Tennis Courts.
When not in use by Clark’s Division III teams or intramural sports programs, the fields are available to the neighborhood schools for their athletic programs.
Kilby-Gardner-Hammond Revitalization Project
North of the Clark campus at Kilby, Gardner, and Hammond streets is the site of the University Park Partnership’s Kilby-Gardner-Hammond Revitalization Project.
Construction was completed in 2013. Clark funded the athletic field construction, and the Boys and Girls Club funded construction of its new facility. The project is a partnership of UPP’s community service arm, the Main South Community Development Corporation, Clark University, and the Boys and Girls Club of Worcester. It includes:
- A Boys and Girls Club building that accommodates 400 children and serves up to 5,000 youths
- An athletic field used by Clark’s teams as well as the children at the Boys and Girls Club
- A gymnasium
- A learning center
- An Olympic-size swimming pool
- Renovated and affordable housing managed and/or offered by the Main South Community Development Corporation
The club provides opportunities to bring Clark students and athletes together with the neighborhood children. Clark athletes tutor and run activities at the club, and the children use Clark’s athletics field when not in use by the intercollegiate and intramural athletic programs.
St. Peter’s Basketball League
Located across the street from Clark’s campus on Main Street, St. Peter’s Catholic Church is an active member of the University Park Partnership.
Among the church’s community activities is a summer basketball league. Neighborhood children who join the league play basketball in Clark’s Kneller Athletic Center and are coached by Clark athletes.