The Park

Rowntree Park has a river-side location to the south of the city centre. It was given to the people of York by Rowntree and Company at the close of the First World War as a memorial to all those members of the Company’s staff who lost their lives or suffered during the War. The wrought iron gates at the Terry Avenue entrance were given by the Company in 1954 as a Second World War memorial.

The Park was especially designed to be a public park as well as a recreation ground and was essentially York’s first municipal park. Since it was first laid out, many alterations have been carried out, but the Park survives still in much the same form as it was first conceived. Its facilities are widely used by York residents and visitors to the City alike and it is the setting from time to time for special events. The park is maintained by City of York Council, which has a web page dedicated to Rowntree Park.

The 10-hectare site combines a historical background with a high-quality, multi-functional recreational space. In 2003, a £1.8 million Heritage Lottery funded refurbishment of the park was completed with many historical features returned to their original condition. New features including a performance space and sculpture play trail were also added. The Friends have been working with council staff and volunteers to establish and enhance areas with wildlife potential.

The park also offers a great Reading Cafe, children’s play areas and sporting facilities such as tennis courts, basketball court and skateboarding area.

Because of the low-lying nature of the land, when the Ouse floods, Rowntree Park fills up with water, and Park users have to wait for the Park to drain, partly by gravity (through one-way valves in the flood walls) and partly by pumps. The Friends aim to keep the public aware of this, as much as possible, via their Facebook page.

For information on current events, opening hours etc, see our What’s On page.

14 Comments on “The Park”

  1. David Blane says:

    There doesnt seem to be opening times? What time can people access the park/skatepark from? Thanks

  2. Alyson says:

    Are dogs (she is friendly and well behaved – so are her owners!) welcome in the park?

  3. Sue says:

    Can my 5 year old nephew use a remote control boat on the lake?

    • cathmortimer says:

      Yes, he can, as far as I know. There may be some baby ducklings, so watch out for them – and there will definitely be some pond weed, so watch out for that too. Hope he has a good time!

  4. Sue says:

    Thats great – think I may have more fun than him with it but we will certainly watch out for the babies and weeds – thank you!

    • Harvey Massingham says:

      Is there going to be a change at the skate park if so when shall it be done?

      Thanks Harvey

      • cathmortimer says:

        Hi Harvey, the contractors are starting work on a complete renovation of the skate park, very soon – probably starting this coming Monday (4th September). There should be some Council signage up, on the fence, explaining what will be going on; I’ll try to get a photo of it, over the weekend. But do get back in touch if you need more info.

  5. emma morgan says:

    I help out at southlands guides unit on a weds night and I was wondering if the park interested in the guides helping out with some weeding or other green fingered chores?
    Thanks emma

  6. Eric coates. says:

    Hi,I’m a model boat enthusiast, could you tell me if the lake is still full of weed? 21July .2017

    • cathmortimer says:

      There is quite a bit of weed – one of many tasks that we could tackle, with a bit of volunteer help. Are you interested in helping?

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