What's in the Park
The Toddlers' Playground >>
The Other Playground >>
The BMX Track >>
The Skate Park >>
The Boating Lake >>
The Basketball and Tennis Courts >>
The Lakeside Centre >>
The Boathouse >>
Platt Hall >>
The Shakespearean Garden >>
The Eco Arts Garden >>
The Nico Ditch >>
The Community Orchard >>
Cathedral Arch >>
Rose Garden >>
Why not come and have a look around? You may find something that we haven't.
For ChildrenFor young children there are two playgrounds in the park. As well as these are some other climbing platforms behind the Lakeside Centre.
The Toddlers' PlaygroundThe Childrens' Play Area to the left of the Lakeside Centre (as you face it) is for children up to the age of five. It was built with the help of the SureStart group.
The Other PlaygroundThe Playground on the other side of the Lakeside Centre is for children up to the age of 9.
Sports and ActivitiesThe area to the South of the lake is occasionally described as the teenage village. This is a little misleading as there is no upper limit on who is allowed to skateboard or play basketball. I'm not sure if the name even includes the bowling greens!
The BMX TrackThe BMX Track is the most recent addition to the sports facilities in the park. It is open most of the time so anyon can turn up and have a go. You will need appropriate equipment as there are regulations regarding safety equipment etc.
The BMX track is generally open for community and public use but it is also regularly used by Manchester BMX for training and events.
Manchester BMX Website
The Skate ParkPlatt Fields is lucky to have a great set of ramps which are regularly used by locals of all ages.
The Boating LakeThe lake is hard to miss. Squarely in the middle of the park, it is open for boating throughout the summer.
Basketball and Tennis CourtsThere are two basketball courts. One is an older court. The other is part of a new complex, comprising of the basketball court and two tennis courts with fixed railing nets.
ExploringThere are various interesting features in the park. Here are a few to get you started.
The Lakeside CentreThe Lakeside Centre is the office for Manchester Leisure's Central Park Division and meeting space for the Friends (and other community groups). The offices may be contacted directly: 0161 224 2902
The BoathouseThe Boathouse has several different uses:
- The rowing boats and pedalos are stored here.
- It provides a workshop space for family activities in the park.
- It is the base for the Model Boat Club.
Platt HallLocated in the North East corner of the park, Platt Hall is home to the Manchester Art Galleries Gallery of Costume. It houses an important collection of costumes and started refurbishment in March 2009 - it is due to re-open in April 2010. Built of brick in 1762-64 it is an interesting building in its own right.
The Shakespearean GardenThese beautifully sculpted gardens are designed to be from around the time of Shakespeare.
Tucked away in the south eastern corner of Platt Fields - known as "Ashfields" - even some regular visitors miss this area.
The Eco Arts GardenThese areas have been created by volunteers from Powwow Eco Arts. Follow the link to find out more about what they've done with the area.
Volunteers, placements and artists are welcome to help with the project - further details can be found on the news page.