Rowntree Park is the city’s flagship park and as well as being a fantastic place to visit, it is also steeped in history. The park is located just a short walk from the city centre and next to the River Ouse, it provides a great setting for tourists and residents. The park has been awarded Green Flag status every year since 2004, sites given Green Flag status are considered to be the best in the country.
Memorial from the Rowntree company
Rowntree Park 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.
York’s first municipal park
The Park was 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 made 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 and it is the setting from time to time for special events.
Close to York city centre
A short walk from the city centre, on the banks of the River Ouse, this inspiring 30-acre 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 have also been added.
As well as the large entertainment space which hosts events and concerts throughout the summer months, Rowntree Park also boasts a range of other facilities including a café, 6 tennis courts, two bowling greens, skate park, basketball court, woodland walks, well equipped play area and a lake.
Learn new sports in the park
All of the facilities are well used especially during the summer months. The park has a thriving tennis club and also offers year round coaching to beginners and experiences players. As well as traditional sports being played you will often see groups of people taking part in sports such as volleyball and touch rugby. Various exercise classes like Yoga, Pilates and Thai Chi are also often taking place in the park grounds.
For those who like the less strenuous forms of exercise the park has many walks and cycle routes that go through the park. As well as the traditional walking routes Rowntree Park has recently become a host venue of the new fitness craze of Nordic Walking. This form of exercise is becoming increasingly popular and is regularly on in the park.
Take a picnic to the park
Rowntree Park benefits from having its own café overlooking the small lake, providing an excellent location to grab something to eat and drink. During the summer months you will also find the ice cream van camped in the parks carpark. You are of course welcome to have your own picnic in the grounds and Rowntree Park offers a host of different areas for this. It is worth mentioning the park has become increasingly popular with geese, so do choose your spot wisely!
How to get to Rowntree Park
As mentioned the park is a short walk from the city centre but it can also easily be accessed by bus. The red, indigo, blue and Transdev York lines all go near to the area. In summary Rowntree Park is extremely popular with the residents of York and is well worth the short walk to see. It provides a tranquil, picturesque setting for those that want it whilst also offering plenty of opportunity to get involved in the diverse range of activities.