Mayfield Park, Mayfield Park, Manchester, M1 2PY – Visit Now
By the end of 2022, Manchester will have a new green heart: The 6.5 acre Mayfield Park, complete with the largest public playground in the city.
You’ve probably heard all about the wider Mayfield project already. If not, Mayfield is a 24-acre site on the south side of Fairfield Street next to Manchester Piccadilly station – a former industrial heartland. Packed with heritage and the River Medlock flowing through its core, the long-derelict site is now being regenerated into a modern “innovation quarter” and urban neighbourhood, which already boasts the 10,000 capacity culture venue Mayfield Depot and cavernous foodie spot Escape to Freight Island.
A defining feature of this new community will be Mayfield Park – the kind of sprawling green space that Mancs have been begging for for years. It will include an urban square with a buzz of activities; open greens for lawn sport; adventure play areas; floodable meadows and biodiverse ecological areas beside the river; and quieter spaces for escaping busy city life.
The latest revelation about the park is its massive 1400 square foot children’s playground, currently under construction and due to open in early 2023. Its unique design is formed around six dramatic towers reaching 10-metres high and shaped like chimneys in a nod to the area’s industrial heritage. For kids, though, the first thing to catch the eye will be the enclosed 18m-long slide that crosses the newly-restored River Medlock. Add to that seven more slides, rope bridges, crawl tunnels and wheelchair accessible play equipment, and Mayfield Play Yard will soon be the talk of breaktimes across the city.