*** Due to the Coronavirus lockdown, work in the Sensory Garden has had to be suspended until further notice ***
Close to the bowling green on the Hessle High Road side of the park is the Sensory Garden. It is maintained by volunteers, most of whom are also members of the Friends of Pickering Park. We welcome anyone that would like to join us.
If you would like to join us we are there on Saturday mornings (10am-12pm) and Wednesday afternoons (1pm-3pm) between March and October.
Green fingers are not required. Sweeping paths, weeding and tidying are just as valuable and a great help. There's also no heavy lifting or digging - unless you want to of course!
The current aviary in the park is being refurbished to make it suitable again for housing birds. This will include creating a small education room and restoring the original water fountain to its former glory.
Summer 2021 should see the introduction of a Land Train ride within Pickering Park. There's also plans to put pedalo boats on part of the lake. This is all with a view to offering a more varied experience when visiting the park and, in turn, attracting greater visitor footfall.
The park has an 80-peg fishing lake which is also home to swans, geese, kingfishers and ducks.
Works are ongoing to improve the condition of a number of footpaths around the park with work scheduled for completion in mid-July 2021. A permanent shared pedestrian and cycle path is proposed for the current gravel path along the edge of the lake which will provide a year round circular route to the park site.
A bandstand is due to be installed in the Rose Bowl area of the park. This will offer a focal point for visitors to the area and provide an opportunity for music events along with an alternative site for those that cannot travel to the cenotaph to pay tribute to our armed forces on the designated memorial days.
The paddling pool was closed during 2020 due to Coronavirus, but we are hopeful that it will be open again this summer.
If so, it will be open from late July until early September for the school summer holidays.
The park boasts a toddler's play area alongside a play area for older kids. In addition, there is a trim trail with outdoor exercise equipment and a zip wire. There is also a huge playing field with a number of marked football pitches during the winter months.
Due to Coronavirus, the outside gym equipment is currently unavailable for use.
One of the best uses of the park, given its varied landscape, is to walk the dog. We welcome all dogs, particularly the well-behaved ones, but even if yours is a bit naughty then we don't judge.
The only thing we would ask is that you clean up after your pooch and make sure that they don't frighten any other visitors - human or otherwise - to the park.