Walking and Cycling Ideas: Conversations still to come

Today, we’ve released the ideas for Foss Basin which suggest that a cycle route down Foss Basin would not be ideal and not encouraged. This is in part becasue there was an opinion contributed through My Castle Gateway process, including from people who are blind and partially sighted, that was very against shared space. But … Read moreWalking and Cycling Ideas: Conversations still to come

Foss Basin and crossing the Fishergate Gyratory

Today, we’re sharing the ideas for the Foss Basin. The Foss Basin came up time and again as a real missed opportunity. People find it as a quiet but also a quite inaccessible space. The meeting point of our two rivers is seen as a place of huge importance and potential….as a destination and as … Read moreFoss Basin and crossing the Fishergate Gyratory

Swimming in York’s rivers: an oral history – call for memories

Do you have memories of swimming in the River Foss or Ouse? Do you have stories you would like to share? We would love to hear from you! ‘Swimming in York’s rivers: an oral history’ is part of the My Castle Gateway and a collaboration between York Wild Swim and the Castle Gateway Living Well … Read moreSwimming in York’s rivers: an oral history – call for memories

Playing a part in creating a place: The vision for York Castle Museum

‘We already know we’re a museum which is loved. But the Castle Gateway project has helped us see it not just about us being a fantastic museum, it’s about how we can play a part in creating a place’ (Reyahn King, Chief Executive, York Museums Trust). Last week we released the vision for the new … Read morePlaying a part in creating a place: The vision for York Castle Museum

Alternative city centre car parking idea: a multi-storey on St George’s Field

Today we’re releasing the second of the ideas for the Castle Gateway area. In order to make the new public space on what is currently Castle Car Park possible, many people said that we needed to address city centre car parking. In the Open Brief we summarized this as: See car traffic and parking dealt … Read moreAlternative city centre car parking idea: a multi-storey on St George’s Field

Castle Car Park Idea: A new, big public space

What might a new public space on Castle Car Park look like? In the Open Brief we developed in the summer people want to be able to: Come together Attend large scale events (music, theatre, fairs) Use the Eye of York as a place of political protest Commemorate and remember, especially the 1190 massacre of … Read moreCastle Car Park Idea: A new, big public space

Addressing questions related to Tower Gardens

In a recent post we shared some questions raised during our Tower Gardens event on 3rd February. One question was: How much water does Tower Gardens absorb and does this make a difference to managing flooding on the Ouse? Would further paving in Tower Gardens increase flooding down stream? Could this be balanced by creation … Read moreAddressing questions related to Tower Gardens

Living Well With Water Network Gathering

Living Well With Water Network Gathering 17th February 2018 ‘We need to make York’s rivers friendly again’ Emerging from the My Castle Gateway work has been a network of people interested in talking about the Foss and the Ouse and how we might live well with the city’s rivers. To continue the conversation we met … Read moreLiving Well With Water Network Gathering

#CitizenMedia #York: How can we create a positive democratic culture online?

#CitizenMedia #York: How can we create a positive democratic culture online? Thursday, 15th March, 7.30-9.30 Throughout the Castle Gateway process, we’ve used social media to seek open conversations. Sometimes this has worked well and great ideas and thought-provoking stories have emerged. At other times we’ve not quite known how to respond, or how turn to … Read more#CitizenMedia #York: How can we create a positive democratic culture online?

Tower Gardens: What would make you want to spend more time here?

Tower Gardens walk around: 3rd February 2-4pm We ran the first of our post-masterplan ideas events last Saturday, exploring uses and landscaping of Tower Gardens. You can see the masterplan ideas for Tower Gardens here and people’s responses to them during the engagement period here. The aim of these follow up events is to explore … Read moreTower Gardens: What would make you want to spend more time here?