Sports and Recreation

Elizabeth Park has tennis and basketball courts, ball fields, two playgrounds, lawn bowling, and walking circuits.

Elizabeth Park has tennis and basketball courts, ball fields, a playground, lawn bowling, and walking circuits. The Conservancy encourages all manner of sports and recreation in the Park, but we ask you to be respectful of the delicate trees and gardens located throughout the grounds. Please restrict your sporting activities to the open lawns, the ball fields, and courts provided throughout the Park. No sports are permitted in or around the garden areas.

Tennis Courts

Six courts in the Western Loop area and three courts at the corner of Asylum and Prospect Avenues

Little League Field

One field in the West Lawn along Asylum Avenue 

Softball Fields

Two fields in the East Lawn along Whitney Avenue

Basketball Courts

Two courts in the East Lawn along Whitney Avenue

Playground Area

In the East Lawn along Elizabeth Street, including the Ana Grace Marquez-Greene playground.

Lawn Bowling

Along Asylum Avenue

The lawn bowling clubhouse and green is home to the Thistle Lawn Bowling Club, established in 1913. Club members play Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. from mid-May through September. For more information about lawn bowling, email, visit their website, or stop by on a Thursday evening.

Use of Facilities

Tennis and basketball courts are on a first-come basis. Groups, ball clubs, and organizations interested in reserving a ball field or tennis court request to reserve a facility on the City of Hartford’s Recreation Division website. For more information, call Hartford Recreation and Park Systems at 860.757.4880.

Walk-Run in the Park

Elizabeth Park has many walking and running areas, along the gravel walks, park roads and lovely hidden pathways. East Lawn has a track for walking or running that is approximately one-half mile.

The Western Loop walk from the Pond House and back is about .6 miles. The distance from the Donaghue stone arch entrance on Prospect Avenue, around the rose garden, past the Pond House, along Asylum Ave and back onto Prospect to the entrance is about one mile. Any combination of these make a good walk or run in the Park.