Grange Lane Play Area

This site is a children’s play area next to Westfield Primary School. The entrance is via two gaps in the hedge along Grange Lane, Chapelfields. As well as having a range of play equipment the site has a good size field for general play. To the south of the play equipment is Westfield Fen and another field used for play with some goalposts set up for informal games of football.

Cared for by:
City of York Council

Knapton Play Area

Completed in June 2022. The play area has a wide variety of activities for children and is situated next to Knapton Allotments. The site is also close to York Community Woodland.

Cared for by:
Rufforth with Knapton Parish Council

Monk Stray

This is a large open area of grassland, with a few stands of mature and younger trees. There are several access points around the perimeter allowing to cross it as a route in various directions including connecting to other foothpaths through open grassland to the north. The remnants of the historic Monk Stray are divided into four distinct areas: The grassy parkland known as Heworth Stray, two areas of rough grazing land to either side of the Malton Road, and the privately leased golf course.

Cared for by:
City of York Council

Fulford Golf Club

A golf course since 1906, with an avenue of Lombardy Poplars, several mature trees and areas of scrub, and denser more extensive woods toward the southern end. There is a chance of seeing deer and barn owls. The road which runs lengthways along the eastern edge is a public right of way and takes you over the ring road, beyond which point it becomes a track bordering farm fields leading up to Heslington Tillmire. There are several other footpaths leading off this route which loop back towards Heslington and Fulford.

Cared for by:
Fulford Golf Club

Joseph Rowntree Walk and Flood Plain

A long riverside footpath and cycle track leading from the city centre all the way out to Skelton. This section goes between Scarborough rail and bike bridge to Water end, and has a large flood plain with levy banks. There are many mature and young trees including, Lombardy Poplar, Willow, Lime, Maple and Walnut. This area regularly floods in the winter.

Heslington Church

The space around the church has mature and young trees, a wildflower meadow and short cut grass. One Oak in particular is several hundred years old.

Cared for by:
Heslington Church

Memorial Gardens

The York City War Memorial is a First World War memorial designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. The gardens contain ornamental trees and perennial and annual flowering plants and shrubs. There is access from the gardens to the riverside cycle/foot-path and Leeman Road.

Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI), unveiled the memorial on 25 June 1925, six years after the memorial fund was opened. It consists of a stone cross 33 feet (10 metres) high on three stone blocks and a stone base, beneath which are two further blocks and two shallow steps. It sits in a memorial garden, with an entrance designed by Lutyens using the remaining funds for the memorial. The memorial itself is a grade II* listed building, having been upgraded when Lutyens’ war memorials were designated a national collection in 2015. The piers and gate at the entrance to the garden are listed separately at grade II.

Leeman Park

A large area of flood plain with long grasses, wildflowers, well established Weeping Willows and Lombardy Poplar, and young stands of new woodland. There is a paved public cycle and footpath leading from the centre of town to Jubilee terrace, and a footpath/track following the river as far as Water End and around to the RSPCA kennels.

The Friends of Leeman Park are a newly formed group of volunteers from around the Leeman Road Area. The volunteers all have a shared vision to improve and maintain their local area. The map on this page shows the areas the group have committed to working on. The group intend to work in Back Park and the Cycle Way into town from the Leeman Road area.

Friends of Leeman Park are always looking for volunteers. As much or as little as you wish to give will be beneficial to their group and community. They’re looking for all different types of people, practical people who can help with maintenance on the ground, as well as people who are interested in taking an administrative or planning role.

Cared for by:
Friends of Leeman Park

Things to help out with here:

Fenby Field

A well-hidden green space accessed from Cornwall Drive, off Danum Road. The area is mainly grassy with clumps of trees and bushes, suitable for children to run around or for an informal game of football.

Cared for by:
City of York Council

Things to help out with here:
General site management.

Chesney Fields

A large grassy open space suitable for sporting activity. The site also includes a children’s play area with seating. A shared footpath/cycle path cuts across the site.

Cared for by:
City of York Council