Rowntree Park sits by the River Ouse and near York city centre. It was originally a gift from Messrs Rowntree & Co to York in 1921. This was in order to create a memorial to the Cocoa Works staff who served in World War One. In the park today, there are bronze plaques to mark both World Wars. Additionally, the park has listed gates for soldiers in World War Two. Impressively, the park has received the Green Flag Award every year since 2004. The Friends of Rowntree Park group look after the park and have been working with the council on refurbishments since 1996.

Rowntree Park occasionally closes due to high water levels or flooding.

What is there to do at Rowntree Park?

Rowntree Park  in York has many different amenities for visitors to enjoy. The park has 6 tennis courts, a basketball court and a skatepark. Additionally, there are 2 table tennis tables to play with. For children, there is a large play ground. Also, there is a smaller playground for toddlers and young children. There is an ornamental lake with plenty of ducks and geese. Model boats can be used on a section of this lake. Rowntree Park also has a Reading Café where visitors can borrow books and order replenishments.

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Rowntree Park’s main entrance is not level but there is a ramp. Once inside the park, there are some uneven patches but the surface of the path is tarmac. The park has benches dotted around. The café is up a set of stairs but there is also a ramp here to enter. Additionally, there is an accessible toilet available at the park. In terms of parking, there is a small carpark with free parking.

Noise levels may vary as it can be busier in school holidays, especially during summer. However, as the park is an open, outdoor space noise levels are never usually too high. In the café, light levels are described as medium. The café is relatively small inside so could be noisy. However, there is the option to sit outside on the balcony if a table is available.

To find out more about places to visit in York, visit the Eric Knows website.

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