Rowntree Park will be all dressed up on Sunday 20th July, to celebrate its 93rd birthday. The party will start at 1.00 and go on until 4.00. All are cordially invited to attend. There is no charge for admission.
For the first time the party is being organised by the local community. There will be all sorts of entertainment including owl displays, bouncy castle, a model boat regatta, small gauge railway and a basketball demonstration from the York Tornados . For the more energetic there’s skateboarding, tennis, climbing wall, pitch and putt – even a relaxing game of croquet. At the heart of the party will be over 30 community stalls, run by local organisations active in the area, not forgetting food stalls selling home made produce. As with any decent party, there’s a special cake for the occasion, to be cut by the Friends of Rowntree Park. There will be live music and a special jiving display running throughout the afternoon.
The park itself has a special relevance on the centenary of the outbreak WW1 – It was donated by the Rowntree company as a gift to the City of York on July 16th 1921 in memory of its workers who fell in the conflict. There has been a party every year since to commemorate the event.
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, so other visitors are asked to walk or take public transport. Please note the car park will be closed all day to allow time to set up the event.