Hidden away between Shadwell Lane and Street Lane, Moortown Park was formally opened in December 2018 and has proved a very popular addition to the Moortown community ever since. Originally a clay pit the land was eventually owned by Yorkshire Bank from 1938 and used as a sports ground for its employees until 1999.
Thanks to the Moortown Community Group, who campaigned against the land being used for widespread housing development, the site was purchased by Camstead Homes in 2013 who built a small development of houses on one third of the site and gifted the remaining 7 acres to Leeds City Council for the development of the Moortown Park.
In 2016 The Friends of Moortown Park Group was formed, they have been active in creating, developing and improving the park working with local residents, Moortown Primary School, Leeds City Council and other partners.
As well as a children’s and a toddlers playground the park benefits from picnic benches, casual seating, mown grass areas, meadow grass areas and walkways. The local school and nursery are regular visitors to the park as are many local residents who enjoy the accessible open spaces, fresh air and opportunities for exercise the park affords.
A community herb garden was constructed and planted in April 2021 and is proving popular for clippings. Other projects such as bulb and tree planting, litter picking and park maintenance activities take place on a regular basis with the help of Friends Group members and volunteers. Plus, the park has three bee boxes and there are plans to add bug houses and further develop wildlife habitats.
first and third saturdays
On the first and third Saturdays of each month the Wren Bakery coffee van can be found in the park between 10am & 2pm selling a selection of hot drinks and delicious homemade cakes. The Wren Bakery is a charity initiative and a welcome addition to the facilities of the park.
The Friends Group ran a very successful Summer Fayre in June 2019 and are planning a similar event in the summer of 2022.
The Friends of Moortown Park are keen to attract new members to help with their activities and to continue to contribute to Moortown and the park being a safe, clean and attractive place to live, work and play.