*** 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!
Summer 2021 saw the introduction of a Land Train ride within Pickering Park. For £1 per person the round trip takes in the Rose Garden along with other areas of the park that you might not normally have seen.
It is hoped that next year will also see pedalos on the lake. Their introduction has been delayed due to ecological concerns and investigations but now that those are resolved a new jetty will be installed and part of the lake separated off for the boats.
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 Autumn 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 refurbished paddling pool was open for the school summer holidays this year as usual. It will now remain closed until next Summer.
The pool is open during the school summer holidays from 10am to 5pm each day
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.
The childrens play area is currently undergoing a complete refurbishment with new equipment being installed and the bark replaced with soft flooring. It will hopefully be open by the end of September.
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.
We welcome new members to provide additional efforts and some fresh ideas. If you are willing to help our cause, with a few hours to spare as and when possible, then why not join us?
We are a friendly group of varying ages with one common intent – to keep Pickering Park as one of the best recreational areas in the city of Hull.