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Brief description of site

Rowntree Park is a rectangular-shaped site of about 8.5 hectares situated in the southern part of the City of York. It is laid out on a former water meadow on the west bank of the River Ouse. Features include an ornamental lake, bowling greens, listed gates and a woodland walk.

Brief history of site

Rowntree Park was York's first municipal park. It was a gift to the City of York by Messrs Rowntree and Company. The park was created as a memorial to the Cocoa Works staff who fell and suffered in World War 1. In 2003 refurbishment of the park began following a Heritage Lottery funded grant.

Location information:

Address: Terry Avenue, Clementhorpe, York, YO23 1JQ

Locality: York

Local Authorities:


Historical County: East Riding of Yorkshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 105 Grid Ref: SE604507
Latitude: 53.9489 Longitude: -1.08119

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is a municipal site, open daily from 8 am and dusk.

Key information:

Form of site: public park

Purpose of site: memorial garden

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1919 to 1921

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 8.5

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