The Park opening times: the park is open at 8am (9am at weekends), and closes at dusk. In the winter, the park closes at 3.30pm.
The park is managed by the council. During office hours, you can contact them on the main council number: 01904 551550. The out-of-hours contact number is 01904 625751.
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 be 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
The Very Young Friends (0-5-year-olds and their parents/carers) meet the first Thursday of each month 10am-11.30am at the log circle in the woods.
|Sat 28th April||York Music Centre (Minstrels)|
|Sat 5th May||York Music Centre (Chamber Strings)|
|Sat 12th May||York Music Centre (Big Band)|
|Sat 19th May||York Music Centre (Chamber Strings)|
|Thurs 26th May 10am-12pm||Boat Making (YF)|
|Sun 28th May 11-5pm||Walk Cycle Festival|
|Sat 2nd June 1-3pm||Den Building (YF)|
|Thurs 7th June 10am||Very Young Friends meet up|
|Sat 9th June||York Music Centre (Chamber Strings)|
|Sun 10th June 2-3pm||Rich Hardcastle Band (Music)|
|Sat 16th June||York Music Centre (Minstrels)|
|Sat 23rd June 1-5pm||York College Music Showcase|
|Sun 24th June 12-1pm||White Sail (Music)|
|Sun 24th June 2-4pm||Sax Forte (Music)|
|Sat 30th June||York Music Centre (Folkestra)|
|Thurs 5th July 10-11am||Very Young Friends met up|
|Sat 7th July||York Music Centre (Big Band)|
|Sat and Sun 7th-8th July 11-4pm||Scarecrow Trail and ‘art in the park’|
|Sun 15th July 1-4pm||Friends Picnic – for volunteers and members of Friends of Rowntree Park|
|Sat 21st July 2-3pm||Track29 (Music)|
|Sun 22nd July 2-4pm||The Big Sing|
|Aug 1st 2-4pm||Yorkshire Day Olympics (YF)|
|Sun Sept 1st||Cycling Festival|
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.
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.
Parent/child/buggy fitness classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays; no contacts are known, at present.
Nordic walkers also use the park as their starting and finishing point.
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