Re-imagining Homestead Park

The findings of a community consultation to create the best free-to-access green space in York

Re-imagining Homestead Park

The findings of a community consultation to create the best free-to-access green space in York

In anticipation of the centenary of Joseph Rowntree’s passing in 2025, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation embarked on a transformative journey, enlisting the expertise of Social Vision to reimagine the iconic Homestead Park in York for the next century. With a rich history dating back to its establishment in 1904 by social reformer Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree, the park holds a unique place in York’s cultural and communal landscape.

This report serves as a comprehensive exploration of Homestead Park’s current status, reflecting the insights gleaned from engaging with both existing park enthusiasts and those who have yet to experience its offerings. By delving into the perspectives of diverse communities, we sought to understand the cherished aspects of the park and identify areas for improvement. The ultimate objective is to position Homestead Park as the premier free-to-access green space in York, ensuring it continues to fulfil its original mission of inclusivity and accessibility.

As we delve into the findings of our engagement and research, this report delineates a series of recommendations aimed at preserving the essence of Homestead Park while ensuring its relevance and vibrancy for the next century. The vision remains clear: a captivating, well-maintained park with an inclusive playground at its core, echoing the spirit of generosity and community that has defined Homestead Park since its inception.

On this page, you can download the Executive Summary, Full Report, Survey Results and also view details of a new role that JRF have created to take forward our Recommendations

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