The Park opening times: the park is open at 8am (9am at weekends), and closes at dusk. In the winter, the park closes at 3.45pm.
Friends’ meetings for 2018 are January 18th, April 12th, June 14th and October 18th (AGM). Meetings start at 7pm at the Park cafe. During the winter, when the park is closed by 7pm, entry will be via Richardson St, where the gates will be open from 6.50pm to 7pm; if you arrive after this time, phone the cafe (551489) for entry.
In previous years, the Friends have organised the Birthday Party (aka Summer Fair = stalls run by community groups, food stalls, music activities and entertainments), on the second weekend in July. However, in 2016, the Party was so successful and well-attended, we realised that any future events of this nature needed to supported with a much larger organising team, and a substantial investment in practical items such as portaloos, PA system and security guards. Hence the Friends don’t anticipate running the Birthday Party over the next couple of years (although another group may wish to step forward with an offer?); we have our eye on 2021 (the park’s centenary). Please contact us here, or via the Facebook site if you wish to offer your help in organising the centenary party.
Friends events for 2018
Gardening volunteer sessions are every Tuesday (weather permitting), from 9.30 to 11.30 (followed by a cuppa!) and once a month on a Saturday. For more gardening information, please email email@example.com
|February 25th||‘Doodles with Mister Dills’ – art workshop for children 7-14|
|March 1st||Very young friends of Rowntree Park meeting|
|Big Spring Clean + cake|
|March 26th, 15th April, 29th April
|‘Lost Words’ project – poetry workshops for 7-14-year-olds|
|March 29th||Easter Egg Hunt|
|April/May/June||Photo competition in the park|
|April 5th||Pond Dipping -Very Young Friends and Younger Friends event|
|April 12th (and weekly thereafter)||Young Friends after-school club sessions [trial for 7 weeks]|
|April 12th||FRP Meeting at Reading Cafe, 7pm|
|April 13th 10-12||Gardening session with Brian Williams (CYC)|
|April 14th 11-2||Gardening for all! Planting up beech hedges, and kids activities|
The Younger Friends groups – get in touch if you’d like to be part of a team that leads these activities, via Facebook or info@ rowntreepark.org.uk We have a wide range of other activities – see our most recent newsletter. For the most recent information, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter, as well as this site.
2018 events (external event information supplied by ‘Make it York’)
To be confirmed
Rowntree Park tennis club is a private club that manages the tennis courts, and that welcomes new members. The club now offers an on-line booking system, which lets the public book and pay for the courts. There is also a local tennis league which players can join.
Other groups in the park
York Volleyball Club run an open session on Thursday evenings during the summer, either in Butcher Terrace Field or just outside the park, near Millennium Bridge.
Run York have a regular Thursday evening meet-up at the Millennium Bridge corner of the park, using 3k, 2k and 1k routes which are described on a notice at the meet-up point.
Parent/child/buggy fitness classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays; no contacts are known, at present.
This is just for information; the Friends do not endorse (or otherwise!) these activities.
Please contact Make it York to find out about running an event in the Park that is not linked to the Friends of Rowntree Park (though we’d love to run events in conjunction with other groups, where possible!) and appreciate knowing of any events you plan so we can help publicise and spread the word!
In 2017 the Friends ran the following events and activities:
- Very Young Friends monthly meet ups
- Regular gardening sessions
- ‘King of the Birds’ woodland trail with artist Gerard Hobson
- Spring Plant Sale
- Clothes swop (recycling)
- An International Picnic in conjunction with YUMI
- Rock painting session
- A half-term Rock hunt
- Halloween activities (Spooky Saturday and a craft morning)
- Christmas Wreath Making
- Artist’s workshops
- A festive story-telling session for children
- “Decorate a tree for Christmas” activity through December