Rowntree Park ready to celebrate its 93rd birthday

York Press: An old photograph of Rowntree Park An old photograph of Rowntree Park

A LANDMARK York park is celebrating a big birthday with a special party organised by the community.

Rowntree Park in South Bank will be getting all dressed up on Sunday, July 20, to celebrate its 93rd birthday.

The party will start at 1pm and go on until 4pm. Admission is free of charge and all are welcome to attend.

There will be all sorts of entertainment including owl displays, a bouncy castle, a small gauge railway and a basketball demonstration from the York Tornados.

The park also has a special relevance on the centenary of the outbreak the First World War – it was donated by the Rowntree company as a gift to the City of York on July 16, 1921, in memory of its workers who fell in the conflict.

Sue Scott, chair of the organisation team, said: ‘‘As members of the local community, we were pleased to be able to keep the tradition of the Rowntree Park birthday party.

“There will be attractions for all ages and we hope it is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to celebrate this beautiful park.”

Parking is limited to disabled badge holders only, and the car park will be closed all day to allow time to set up the event.

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10:41am Fri 27 Jun 14

NoMorePlease says...

Hardly say 93rd is a big birthday
Hardly say 93rd is a big birthday NoMorePlease
  • Score: -6

12:16pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Maldini says...

Love this place, we are so lucky in York to have it. Thank you Mr Rowntree!
Love this place, we are so lucky in York to have it. Thank you Mr Rowntree! Maldini
  • Score: 8

4:12pm Fri 27 Jun 14

david simpson1 says...

I was told some 50 years ago, That it was put there by Rowntree's, to stop
Terry;s from expanding down to the river bank?.
Dave
I was told some 50 years ago, That it was put there by Rowntree's, to stop Terry;s from expanding down to the river bank?. Dave david simpson1
  • Score: 3

4:56pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Pedro says...

david simpson1 wrote:
I was told some 50 years ago, That it was put there by Rowntree's, to stop
Terry;s from expanding down to the river bank?.
Dave
Not true at all. The land was never built on because it was a constant flood risk. If Terry's had built there how many times would it have been flooded?
[quote][p][bold]david simpson1[/bold] wrote: I was told some 50 years ago, That it was put there by Rowntree's, to stop Terry;s from expanding down to the river bank?. Dave[/p][/quote]Not true at all. The land was never built on because it was a constant flood risk. If Terry's had built there how many times would it have been flooded? Pedro
  • Score: 1

5:59pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Frenchlife says...

There must be many York people with lots of lovely memories of the park. In winter we used to go and ice skate on the lake and in summer we would picnics there and just enjoy the space and the swings, a lovely place.
There must be many York people with lots of lovely memories of the park. In winter we used to go and ice skate on the lake and in summer we would picnics there and just enjoy the space and the swings, a lovely place. Frenchlife
  • Score: 4

5:59pm Fri 27 Jun 14

david simpson1 says...

Thanks for that PEDRO. I will sleep sound tonight.
Not trying to be clever Pedro, But it is strange how you believe some thing to be true for all these years.
Dave.
Thanks for that PEDRO. I will sleep sound tonight. Not trying to be clever Pedro, But it is strange how you believe some thing to be true for all these years. Dave. david simpson1
  • Score: 1

8:28pm Fri 27 Jun 14

bagnall1928@yahoo.com says...

Im in my 87th year and as a child I spent many days in the Rowntrees Park,
we loved it. There was an aviary in those days and the playground of course.
the lake where we sailed our boats too. I think Mr. Bell was the Park Keeper then. I loved the little stream that was on the side of the hill as you went down from the Bishopthorpe Rd entrance. We could saiil our boats too.
I once walked down the hill and had my little sister in her pushchair. i stopped to see the stream and forgot the pushchair which took off complete with small 18 month old sister and it ran down into the pond, just near the little bridge.
Mr. Bell was luckily nearby, jumped in, pulled her out and took her to his house, where Mrs. Belll kindly fitted her up with clothes from her daughter.'
loaned me her pushchair and sent me off home somewhat chastened.
I was around 9 then. My mother was upset and i got a dressing down.
I walked the pram back and the clothes too and got ours back in return.
I wonder if children can still roam there as freely as we did?
Im in my 87th year and as a child I spent many days in the Rowntrees Park, we loved it. There was an aviary in those days and the playground of course. the lake where we sailed our boats too. I think Mr. Bell was the Park Keeper then. I loved the little stream that was on the side of the hill as you went down from the Bishopthorpe Rd entrance. We could saiil our boats too. I once walked down the hill and had my little sister in her pushchair. i stopped to see the stream and forgot the pushchair which took off complete with small 18 month old sister and it ran down into the pond, just near the little bridge. Mr. Bell was luckily nearby, jumped in, pulled her out and took her to his house, where Mrs. Belll kindly fitted her up with clothes from her daughter.' loaned me her pushchair and sent me off home somewhat chastened. I was around 9 then. My mother was upset and i got a dressing down. I walked the pram back and the clothes too and got ours back in return. I wonder if children can still roam there as freely as we did? bagnall1928@yahoo.com
  • Score: 6

8:46pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Oh my............ says...

Lovely place. I remember the swimming pool, so nice on hot days. Happy Birthday!
Lovely place. I remember the swimming pool, so nice on hot days. Happy Birthday! Oh my............
  • Score: 4

10:49pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Garfie says...

pity it's full of geese **** now
pity it's full of geese **** now Garfie
  • Score: 4

11:29pm Fri 27 Jun 14

eeoodares says...

Pedro wrote:
david simpson1 wrote:
I was told some 50 years ago, That it was put there by Rowntree's, to stop
Terry;s from expanding down to the river bank?.
Dave
Not true at all. The land was never built on because it was a constant flood risk. If Terry's had built there how many times would it have been flooded?
It would have flooded as often as Terrys factory next door or Rowntrees warehouse in Skeldergate!

It was gifted to stop Terrys expansion.
[quote][p][bold]Pedro[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]david simpson1[/bold] wrote: I was told some 50 years ago, That it was put there by Rowntree's, to stop Terry;s from expanding down to the river bank?. Dave[/p][/quote]Not true at all. The land was never built on because it was a constant flood risk. If Terry's had built there how many times would it have been flooded?[/p][/quote]It would have flooded as often as Terrys factory next door or Rowntrees warehouse in Skeldergate! It was gifted to stop Terrys expansion. eeoodares
  • Score: 0

5:33pm Sun 29 Jun 14

rambolanka says...

bagnall1928@yahoo.co
m
wrote:
Im in my 87th year and as a child I spent many days in the Rowntrees Park,
we loved it. There was an aviary in those days and the playground of course.
the lake where we sailed our boats too. I think Mr. Bell was the Park Keeper then. I loved the little stream that was on the side of the hill as you went down from the Bishopthorpe Rd entrance. We could saiil our boats too.
I once walked down the hill and had my little sister in her pushchair. i stopped to see the stream and forgot the pushchair which took off complete with small 18 month old sister and it ran down into the pond, just near the little bridge.
Mr. Bell was luckily nearby, jumped in, pulled her out and took her to his house, where Mrs. Belll kindly fitted her up with clothes from her daughter.'
loaned me her pushchair and sent me off home somewhat chastened.
I was around 9 then. My mother was upset and i got a dressing down.
I walked the pram back and the clothes too and got ours back in return.
I wonder if children can still roam there as freely as we did?
My Mum is 93 too so I hope she gets some birthday cake as she only lives a stones throw away from the Richardson Street entrance.
I too remember the aviary in the '60's as it had some Golden Pheasants that were particularly striking.
The winter of '63 allowed us to skate on the East lake for weeks and in the summer there were brown paddle boats at 6d an hour. An alternative to fishing for sticklebacks with a net and bucket from Pextons for 9d.
I also remember the stream that tumbled down the rockery and used to climb it when the water was off. This brought out Parky Bell and we were off! Do the kids today have the same freedom? No. That freedom we will never get back.
And to "Oh My...I can still smell the chlorine in the park baths when I close my eyes and being the first in on a hot summer Sunday morning. Ah, the joy of being the first to break that still water with a dive bomb off the top board.
Happy days indeed in Rowntrees Park. May my Mum and I live long enough for the 100th
[quote][p][bold]bagnall1928@yahoo.co m[/bold] wrote: Im in my 87th year and as a child I spent many days in the Rowntrees Park, we loved it. There was an aviary in those days and the playground of course. the lake where we sailed our boats too. I think Mr. Bell was the Park Keeper then. I loved the little stream that was on the side of the hill as you went down from the Bishopthorpe Rd entrance. We could saiil our boats too. I once walked down the hill and had my little sister in her pushchair. i stopped to see the stream and forgot the pushchair which took off complete with small 18 month old sister and it ran down into the pond, just near the little bridge. Mr. Bell was luckily nearby, jumped in, pulled her out and took her to his house, where Mrs. Belll kindly fitted her up with clothes from her daughter.' loaned me her pushchair and sent me off home somewhat chastened. I was around 9 then. My mother was upset and i got a dressing down. I walked the pram back and the clothes too and got ours back in return. I wonder if children can still roam there as freely as we did?[/p][/quote]My Mum is 93 too so I hope she gets some birthday cake as she only lives a stones throw away from the Richardson Street entrance. I too remember the aviary in the '60's as it had some Golden Pheasants that were particularly striking. The winter of '63 allowed us to skate on the East lake for weeks and in the summer there were brown paddle boats at 6d an hour. An alternative to fishing for sticklebacks with a net and bucket from Pextons for 9d. I also remember the stream that tumbled down the rockery and used to climb it when the water was off. This brought out Parky Bell and we were off! Do the kids today have the same freedom? No. That freedom we will never get back. And to "Oh My...I can still smell the chlorine in the park baths when I close my eyes and being the first in on a hot summer Sunday morning. Ah, the joy of being the first to break that still water with a dive bomb off the top board. Happy days indeed in Rowntrees Park. May my Mum and I live long enough for the 100th rambolanka
  • Score: 0

5:47pm Sun 29 Jun 14

rambolanka says...

NoMorePlease wrote:
Hardly say 93rd is a big birthday
Well, my Mum is 93 and it was a VERY BIG birthday. Both the Park and your mother are precious and need looking after. After loosing the baths what could be next? Should we not celebrate longevity? Happy memories? A joyful childhood?
[quote][p][bold]NoMorePlease[/bold] wrote: Hardly say 93rd is a big birthday[/p][/quote]Well, my Mum is 93 and it was a VERY BIG birthday. Both the Park and your mother are precious and need looking after. After loosing the baths what could be next? Should we not celebrate longevity? Happy memories? A joyful childhood? rambolanka
  • Score: 0

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