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  • Kelly Brady

Local Parks which you may have forgotten about!

1. Davyhulme Park

Orlaith's favourite park around Urmston, she calls it the 'nursery park' as it's close to her nursery and we often go on the way home in the summer. Everyone must know Davyhulme park?! But if you don't, this has a great little playground which has baby and big swings, two climbing frames (one for smaller kids), a see saw and a roundabout. Around the park there are also the little fish ponds, a skate park, tennis courts and has lovely paths for scooting and cycling. We spent a lot of time here during last summer, having picnics and an early evening walk around the park whilst Orlaith practised her cycling.

No cafe on the park, but the Coffee Belle coffee van can be sometimes found (check their Instagram for location @coffeebelleflixton)) and there's normally an ice cream van on Canterbury road. And of course the town centre is only a short walk away

2. Abbotsfield Park (Chassen Park)

Officially Abbotsfield Park but know to many as Chassen Park, this park is most well known for it's miniature railway which runs on a Sunday and sometimes on a Wednesday afternoon during school holidays (when out of lockdown). We love a walk down to this park in the summer on a Sunday and normally pop into the Roebuck for a drink or some food before or after.

The park has an under 5s and over 5s playgrounds which have all the usual equipment but Orlaith especially loves the slide at this park.

You can normally find an ice cream van located near the playground and lots of green space to sit and enjoy it.

3. Lostock Park

Lostock Park has a two great playgrounds with lots of equipment on. The under 5s is enclosed and separate from the older kids playground so great for the younger ones to run around in and has a see saw, baby swings and big swings, two roundabouts (one is a bicycle roundabout :-)), a slide and also a little scooter/bike track. In the other part of the park there is a skate park which is good for little thrill seekers, and 5 a-side goal posts. This is a great alternative to Davyhulme Park if you live this end of Urmston and is where we go when we fancy a bit of a change.

No cafe on the park but there is sometimes an ice cream van at the entrance on Curzon Road.

4. Flixton Park

Located next to Flixton train station, this is a lovely little playground which you can accompany with a walk and play around Flixton Gardens. The under 5s playground is enclosed. The bigger play equipment is outside of the boundary and includes a zip wire which is one of Orlaith's favourite's at the moment!

Again, no cafe on the park, but the Coffee Belle coffee van is usually around Flixton gardens on a weekend (check out their insta at @coffeebelleflixton).

5. Golden Hill Park (The yellow slide park)

This park is an ultimate fave for a quick play after or pre shopping trip and i think where Orlaith first ever went on a swing! It's a little older now (I can still remember the yellow slide from when I was little!), but it's got baby swings and big swings, those bouncy things, a spiderweb climbing frame, a slide and of course, the twirly yellow slide which just screams excitement. Perfect pit stop or bribery tactic for good behaviour around Sainsbury's.

No cafe but pretty much in the centre of Urmston, and an ice cream van is usually there on weekends.

6. Victoria Park

Little further afield than Urmston, but worth a mention and not too far if you're from the Stretford end of Urmston. I've recently done an insta post on this park as it's a really good park with lots to do! Two great enclosed playgrounds, with the under5s playground being a massive space with wooden sculptures, a scooter/cycle track, a climbing boulder, five aside and basketball pitches, a rebound wall and five aside and basketball pitches.

There is also a new cafe being built (due to open March 2021, follow @thetearoomvictoriapark to keep up to date!), but there is a coffee hut selling cakes and hot and cold drinks for now :-)

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