Fog Lane Park sits in the popular residential areas of Withington and Didsbury within the Didsbury East Ward.   It was purchased in 1926 by the Town Planning Committee, and was one of the first public parks in Manchester.

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 this much loved park.

The original design incorporated 14 football pitches, hockey pitches, 24 tennis courts and 2 bowling greens.   It also included a sunken bandstand with seating (now replaced by the Rose Garden), and numerous flower beds and borders.   Of these, the most interesting were 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 small lakes, naturalised grassland, shrub beds, scattered trees, rose gardens and a sensory garden.

Fog Lane has an area 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 for a wide variety of birds to the park who are then encouraged to nest in the park.  These include mallards, moorhens, Canada geese, kestrels, wood pigeons, coots and the occasional heron.

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

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

  • BMX area
  • Bowling green and veteran’s pavilion
  • Car park
  • Changing rooms with showers and toilet facilities
  • Children’s play area for juniors and under 5s
  • 6 full size football pitches
  • 1 junior football pitch
  • Multiuse games area
  • Park Office
  • Skate ramp
  • 7 tennis courts
  • Visitors Centre
  • Large and small pond with dipping platform
  • Mobile security patrol

Fog Lane Park,
Fog Lane,
East Didsbury,
Telephone: 0161 998 2117
Ask for: Steven West, South Area Park Manager

Source: © Manchester City Council