Local sweet manufacturer Joseph Rowntree opened a park in 1921 to commemorate his employees who died in the First World War. If you visit Rowntree Park in York today you'll find it is still a popular 20-acre riverside green space, a short walk from the city centre. It's open every day except Christmas Day and entry is free. Rowntree Park has been expensively refurbished and now includes a woodland walk with marked tree trails, ornamental lake with ducks, geese and model boats, and a children's playground. The park's sport's facilities include tennis courts, skate parks and a basketball court and. There's a 'reading café' here too - it's a great place to read the supplied books and newspapers overlooking the park.
For full details visit:http://www.york.gov.uk/info/200415/formal_parks_and_gardens/214/formal_parks_and_gardens/7