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Rowntree Park, Terry Avenue

Micklegate Ward, York


Rowntree Park is a short walk from the city centre, situated on Terry Avenue by the River Ouse and managed by the City of York Council.

Rowntree Park is open daily every day of the year apart from Christmas Day. Opening times are from 8am Monday to Friday and 9am Saturdays and Sundays, closing at dusk. There is easy access with mostly level paths.

The park was a gift to the City of York by Messrs Rowntree & Co. in 1921 and is a memorial to the Cocoa Works staff who fell and suffered during World War 1. A set of listed gates off Terry Avenue were added to the park in memory of those who fell in the World War II. Bronze plaques mark both occasions within the centrally located Lych Gate.

The park is situated in the River Ouse floodplain. When river levels are high it is necessary to close the park for safety reasons even though the water may not have entered the park. We will try to keep such precautionary closures to a minimum although when water does enter the park it may take several weeks to empty and clean up silt and debris left behind.

Records of how high the water has reached in the park can be found on the Dove Cote/Lynch Gate located next to the lake.

•Woodland walk and tree trails
•Ornamental lake with ducks and geese, half of the lake available for use by model boats
•6 tennis courts
•Skate park
•Basketball court
•Rowntree Park Reading Cafe
•War memorial
•well equipped children's play area
•Orienteering (map, activity sheet and information leaflet are available on CYC website)
•Dogs on lead are welcome (please pick up your dog waste)
•Two table tennis tables

Rowntree Park Tennis Club:
The tennis courts in the Park are managed by Rowntree Park Tennis Club. For information on how to book the courts please visit their web page.

Model boating:
A section of the lake at Rowntree Park, closest to the play area, is set aside for model boat use.

Buses run frequently from the city centre to Bishopthorpe Road then follow signs down Butcher Terrace to the Millennium Bridge.

Rowntree Park is easily accessible by bike or foot along the riverside or across the Millennium Bridge. The park is equipped with bike racks at the main entrances and also at key locations throughout.

There is a small pay and display car park at the park entrance off Terry Avenue. Fees apply from 8am to 4.30pm. Discounts for York residents. There are 3 disabled parking spaces available.

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01904 553392


Rowntree Park, Terry Avenue, York, YO23 1JQ

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For ages

Maximum age: no limit

Opening times

  • 8.00am
  • 8.00am
  • 8.00am
  • 8.00am
  • 8.00am
  • 8.00am
  • 8.00am


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    DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service - formerly criminal records check) policy? No

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    • Activities (Things To Do, Places To Go) / Animals and Wildlife
    • Parks And Open Spaces / Formal Parks And Gardens
    • Parks And Open Spaces / Play Area
    • Sport / Basketball
    • Sport / Bowls
    • Sport / Orienteering
    • Sport / Skateboarding
    • Sport / Tennis

    Last updated

    Last updated: 28/10/2016

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