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Fog Lane Park

Fog Lane Park sits in the popular residential areas of Withington and Burnage, within the Didsbury East ward. 

Purchased in 1926 by the town planning committee, Fog Lane Park was one of the first public parks.

It is said that Fog Lane Park earned its name from a grass, commonly known as Yorkshire Fog, which still grows throughout the park.
The park owes its early and rapid development to the local community, who with the council were able to create a much loved park. 

The original design incorporated 14 football pitches, hockey pitches, 24 tennis courts and 2 bowling greens. It also included were a sunken bandstand with seating (now replaced by the Rose Garden), and numerous flower beds and borders. Of these, the most interesting was likely to be the 36 different varieties of Rhododendrons planted around the rose garden perimeter. 

Today, the site is comprised mainly of amenity grassland and woodland, but also contains two waterbodies, naturalised grassland, shrub beds, scattered trees, rose gardens and a sensory garden. 

Fog Lane has area a dedicated to the growth of wild flowers. These attract wildlife such as butterflies, dragonflies and a large selection of insects. In turn these provide food which attracts a wide variety of birds to the park to nest, including mallards, moorhens, Canada geese, kestrels, wood pigeons, coots and an occasional heron. 

The park has a variety of trees and shrubs, including Dawn Redwood, Silver Birch, Laburnums and Flowing Crabs as well as a number of unusual specimens which have reached maturity, including Hornbeams, Alders, Poplars, Norway Maple and Indian Beans. 

The park is mainly used for children’s recreation, dog walking, personal fitness including organised health walking, Saturday and Sunday league football and for educational purposes by school groups, church groups and scout/brownie groups. Fog Lane Park Bowling Club and the Friends of Fog Lane Park actively work with Manchester Leisure to improve and promote the site.

Facilities in Fog Lane Park