Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of the questions we are often asked about Platt Fields Park and the Friends of Platt Fields. If you have a question that is not listed, or are interested in joining the Friends, perhaps you would like to get in touch using our Contact Form.


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1: Are we allowed barbecues in the park?
2: Can I book the park for an event? If so, how do I do it?
3: Is there any car parking in the park?
4: Can I ride and park my bicycle in the park?
5: Where can I walk my dog in the park?



1: Are we allowed barbecues in the park?

Yes, but please dispose of them carefully. Please don't put them in any of the bins unless you are sure they are cold (pour water on them to make sure). Also, please try and avoid burning the grass - put the barbecue on a stone.
We are currently investigating having 'barbecue boards' that you can take to put under your barbecue; or special picnic tables with a barbecue area on them; and barbecue disposal facilities.


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2: Can I book the park for an event? If so, how do I do it?

If you want to hold a small event (a party or barbecue) for friends and family, you do not need to book at all. Please take your litter home or dispose of it in a bin when leaving. If you want to hold a public event, please contact the Park management - phone 0161 224 2902 or email Claire Blaney - c.blaney@manchester.gov.uk.


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3: Is there any car parking in the park?

Yes, on normal days there is a free car park accessed by Langley Rd (off Wilmslow Rd near Owens Park). Parking for disabled people is closer to the lakeside. The postcode for location purposes is M14 6LA .

For public events, there is often special secure parking arranged. You usually have to pay for this as attendants have to be paid to look after cars arriving and leaving. The usual car park is usually not accessible for the public on these days.


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4: Is there any parking for bicycles in the park?

Bicycles are allowed in the park at all times when there is no event on. At busy events, bikes are excluded for safety reasons. As for parking, there are bike racks outside the Lakeside Centre and by the Skatepark. We are hoping to have bike racks installed at Platt Lane, and Mabfield Rd and Grangethorpe Rd in the next year.


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5: Where can I walk my dog in the park?

Again dogs are allowed anywhere in the park at all times except the children's play areas and during some events. If dogs are not welcome at an event, an alternative dog-walking route will be clearly labelled. Obviously all dog mess should go in the bins provided.

Previously dogs were not allowed off the lead except in certain areas (as shown on signs at the time). This has changed and dogs are now allowed off the lead anywhere except the play areas as stated above.


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