Stage Fort Park is the historic site of Gloucester’s first settlers in 1623. They set up fishing stages on this land. Today, the park is home to Half Moon and Cressy’s beaches, with access to a sand volleyball court, a beautiful new playground, a baseball field, a basketball court, and tennis courts. During the summer season, there are outdoor concerts, fireworks, and storytelling for the children. Gloucester’s Visitor and Welcoming Center is also located in historic Stage Fort Park. The Park is officially designated an Essex National Heritage Area Visitor Center. As such, it provides general information about the entire Essex National Heritage Area as well as specific information about Gloucester. Visitors to the Center can find any information they need to know about Gloucester to help plan their stay.