West Bank Park
West Bank Park is managed by City of York Council. The bowling greens are managed by West Bank Park Bowling Association.
West Bank Park has been awarded a Green Flag Award each year since 2006. Green Flag Award sites are considered to be the best in the country.
This beautiful urban 20-acre park is an unexpected find in the middle of Holgate, occupying the former site of the 19th century Backhouse Nurseries. It boasts a mature woodland and former arboretum at the top end of the park (off Acomb Road) with many specimen trees including dawn redwoods and a giant redwood. The woodland attracts many bird species, including the long tailed tit, goldcrest and greater spotted woodpecker.
See the Friends of West Bank Park website for information.
- woodland walk and tree trails
- meadow picnic area
- rose terraces and pergola walk
- 2 bowling greens
- basketball court
- 2 play areas - for under 11 years and over 11 years old
- Orienteering map, activity sheet and information leaflet are available to download.
- Bike racks available throughout the park
The park holds an events licence under the licensing Act 2003. See holding an event in York for more information.
West Bank Park is open daily every day of the year and is not locked at night.
Should any volunteers wish to take on locking / unlocking of the Park please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on tel: 01904 551550 to register your interest. Support and training will be provided.
There is easy access, other than to the stepped rose garden and woodland path.
For accessibility information see the DisabledGo website.
Travel and parking
Buses run frequently from the city centre to Acomb Road.
For up-to-date information about local bus routes see the iTravel York website.
There is a car park for West Bank Park users off James Backhouse Place.
You can also use available on-street parking in the surrounding streets, showing consideration for local residents.
City of York Council